IKEA is launching its virtual reality app this fall

June 20, 2017 by  
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Ikea’s been playing with augmented reality (AR) for a few years now – in 2014 they released an AR catalog so shoppers could see what furniture would look like in their homes without ever leaving their couch. Now they’re teaming up with technology giant Apple to create an AR app . Leader of Digital Transformation at Inter Ikea Michael Valdsgaard claims this will be the “first augmented reality app that will enable you to make buying decisions.” Using the app, customers could check out how Ikea furniture looks in their home before they buy a thing. If users do want to buy the pieces, it remains unclear whether they will be able to purchase pieces directly through the app – Valdsgaard said that’s the ambition but can’t “promise [the payment facility] will work in the first version.” That first version should be rolling out as soon as fall of this year. Related: IKEA teams up with NASA to design out-of-this-world space saving furniture That first AR app will feature around 500 to 600 products so customers can see how they fit in their homes. And Valdsgaard said in the future when Ikea launches new products, they will show up in the app before stores. Ikea will draw on Apple’s AR expertise to roll out the app. Valdsgaard said it’s not enough to understand sofas to venture into AR – and he said the Ikea app will become the world’s largest AR platform overnight. Although Valdsgaard indicated technology will be an important element of Ikea moving forward, the AR app doesn’t seem to be a move to phase out stores. He told Di Digital, “The stores are our greatest assets. We have almost 400 of them and we want to complement them in as many ways as possible, through mobile, social media , AR, and third-party e-commerce players. One thing will not replace the other, but we’ll try as many things as possible.” Via Business Insider Images via Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay

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GE Energy Teams Up with PayPal to Launch Easy Payment System for Electric Vehicle Charging

July 12, 2012 by  
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GE Energy just announced that it is teaming up with PayPal to make electric vehicle charging even easier for EV drivers. The new agreement coincides with the launch of GE Energy’s WattStation and WattStation Connect charging platform. The agreement between GE Energy and PayPal enables drivers to securely and conveniently pay for charging fees through the WattStation Connect mobile app and PayPal. With the app users can locate the nearest WattStation EV charger, check the status of the charger, get pricing details and pay with PayPal. Read the rest of GE Energy Teams Up with PayPal to Launch Easy Payment System for Electric Vehicle Charging Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: charging stations , electric cars , electric vehicle charging , GE Energy , GE Energy Industrial Solutions , GE Energy Wattstation , green car , green transporation , Industrial Solutions , paypal

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Kate Dodd’s ‘Water: Illusions of Purity’ Installation Addresses the Environmental Destruction Caused by Bottled Water

July 12, 2012 by  
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“Water: Illusions of Purity” is a multi-part art installation by Kate Dodd currently on display at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ that ties our local consumption habits to potential changes in our oceans by way of whimsical juxtapositions. Using various manipulations of plastic water bottles, including a dramatic installation of cut bottles mixed with images of bacteria, the project seeks to raise the question, “Is the bottled water pure?” The installation, which will be on display until August 26, addresses the environmental damage from the energy, water use and plastic waste associated with bottled water. + Kate Dodd + Noyes Museum of Art Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bottled Water , duck , eco-art , environmental art , Kate Dodd , new jersey , Noyes Museum of Art , Plastic bottles , recycled art , recycled bottles , Water: Illusions of Purity

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How Paperless Payment Systems Can Boost Sales

January 4, 2011 by  
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The average business does more sales with credit cards than with paper currency. Businesses realize the trend and make sure to offer their clients new ways that they can pay with their credit cards. The newest trend includes microchips installed in the credit cards called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips which allow customers to simply tap their card to make the payment.

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