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Supermarket Electric Vehicle concept makes shopping easier, shoppers fatter

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

Remember in the Wall-E movie where all of the future humans were lethargic and fat, riding around in hover chairs. Well, this is where it starts. Right here with this concept. Some future fatty may need to put down the soda and chips long enough to time-travel back to 2010 and fight this thing.

A designer has come up with a nice leisurely way to pick up the groceries with this Supermarket Electric Vehicle. The battery-powered vehicle will allow you to zip around the aisles without having to burn a single calorie.

Google Mobile Search shows you what’s in stock nearby

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2010

Google Product Search was already useful, but the addition of local inventory info makes it even better still. The new feature works on the iPhone and any PalmOS or Android device. Just search for Shopping results and Google will return not just pricing information for the item in question, but it will tell you which retailers have it nearby and whether they’ve got it in stock or not.

That saves you a trip and the cost of gas. The problem right now is that only a few retail partners are signed up. There are some major ones like Best Buy, Sears, and Williams-Sonoma, but the feature needs more participation from both big stores and local merchants. We are sure that will happen given some time.

Yoke shoulder straps for hands-free grocery shopping

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s having my hands full carrying grocery bags after shopping. Maybe too much video-gaming has given me girlly arms, but I hate carrying bags. You can’t answer your phone either if your hands are full.

The Yoke can help in this situation. It’s a shoulder strap that can hold your groceries for you at waist level. Of course then you just have your milk and ice cream hitting you in the leg constantly, but I guess that’s the price you pay for freeing up your arms.

Google Maps to add “Google Store Views”

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on February 6th, 2010

Looks like Google Street View may be expanding. Apparently a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, allowed some people from Google to come into the store and take pictures of the inside, every 6 feet, in all directions. Pictures of the items on display were also taken.

Apparently its for a new Google Maps feature called “Google Store View”. Google Store Views will allow people to basically walk into the store from Google Street Views. So imagine you are looking at the store, and then you can click on the door to enter, all on Google Maps.

Buttcam is a girl’s best friend

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2009

Buttcam is a girl's best friendWomen are always so concerned about what their butt looks like in new clothes. Rightly so. After all, us guys do our fair share of checking them out. Well now women have the Buttcam to help them out in dressing rooms, so they won’t have to ask “Do these pants make my butt look big?” At least in Australia, where the Buttcam has made it’s debut.

Aussie retailer Jeans West took simple video camera technology and created a way to let shoppers decide for themselves just how big that butt looks in pants. It’s a simple solution to a common woman problem.

Dynamite Data Firefox add-on helps find lowest price

Posted in Firefox by Shane McGlaun on April 21st, 2009

dynamitedataAnytime I am looking to buy some new hardware for my computer it seems like I spend hours comparing prices to find the best deal. Sometimes I get sick of looking and just buy without doing all the comparisons I know I could do and then I end up thinking in the back of my head I could have got it cheaper.

I ran across a new add-on for Firefox called Dynamite Data that is cool and will help find the lowest prices for any product you are shopping for. Once the add-on is installed all you need to do is go to a product page on any website and the add-on will show you how much the product costs from other websites.

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card reader

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card readerIf you’re paranoid about your credit card info while shopping online, (And who isn’t?) it just got a little safer thanks to the SmartSwipe credit card reader. You might think you’re safe online as long as that padlock icon is displayed in your browser. And you are pretty safe, but not completely, hackers can still access your personal information while it is being entered into your computer and while it is still in memory.

With this SmartSwipe card reader your info is safe becaue your card information is never stored on your computer. The device uses Dynamic SSL technology and the same level of encryption used in bank machines and ATMs.

The Botropolis robot gift guide 2008

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2008

The Botropolis robot gift guide 2008There’s still some time left to find cool robot gifts for Xmas. Behold The Botropolis 2008 Christmas gift guide, fresh from our robot site Botropolis. We have you covered.

Everything from robot ornaments, to talking Dalek alarm clocks, to robot kits you can build yourself, to T-shirts. Fear the one’s that scientists are building, but love the one’s that you can buy, that’s our motto. Hit the link for all kinds of robot gifts fit for any stocking.

Target gift cards are also digital cameras

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2008

Target gift cards are also digital camerasWe aren’t sure what to think about this one. Target is getting creative with their gift cards again. You can consider it either a gift card with a digital camera, or a digital camera with a gift card. Either way, it’s all good. This holiday season, Target will begin selling the combo gift card/digital camera, which is an interesting approach. It will give customers some added value to what is otherwise a pretty boring purchase.

The camera features a 1.2MP sensor with 50MB of storage. It comes bundled with a USB cord, driver disk, instruction manual and a voucher for 40 free prints at Target. It’s powered by two AAA batteries. So rest assured, Target’s battery sales will be way up this year. The digital camera gift certificates will be available at no additional charge, unless you order it online. They are available in values from $50 to $1000.

Remote control robot shops for the elderly

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2008

Remote control robot shops for the elderly
Robot developer tmsuk has unveiled a remote-control robot that will give you a new way to shop from the comfort of your posterior. It’s a prototype of the telerobotic shopper, which is a modified TMSUK-4 humanoid robot that has a variety of cellphone communications technology. They had a demonstration on July 10 at the Izutsuya department store in the city of Kitakyushu, Japan, where it probably made the male robot wait while it tried on clothes and asked if each one made it’s ass look fat.

In the demonstration scenario, a grandmother unable to go shopping with her granddaughter sent the robot to do it for her. Using an NTT DoCoMo video-capable cellphone, the grandmother controlled the robot and did some shopping through the robot’s camera eyes. Surely this is a hoax. A grandmother who can use a cell phone AND a robot? The woman maneuvered the robot to the hat section, eyed what was available, and had her granddaughter model a few for her before deciding which one to purchase.

Radio Controlled Granny looks like all kinds of fun

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2008

Radio Controlled Granny looks like all kinds of fun
I don’t care who you are, it doesn’t get much funnier then the elderly treating their wheelchair like a hot-rod and just gunning it. Previously, if you wanted to see the geriatric in racing form, you had to play slot car racing grannies.

Thankfully, someone has expanded the premise to include an old woman in a grocery store, with slippery floors and plenty of canned goods to crash into. The handicap ramp should provide some airborn Dukes Of Hazard moments too. It will cost you about $36. Good fun. It will give you something to think about the next time you’re in line behind an old woman with a change purse.

Microsoft Zune to get Holiday Shopping Dollars

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Microsoft,News,Zune by Paul Patterson on November 14th, 2006

Zune Player WhiteWhile no one can accurately predict how the Zune will fare this holiday season, one can guarantee that it will take a piece of the considerable market share now enjoyed by the iPod.

Microsoft is currently in the midst of celebrating the U.S. launch of the Zune digital media player and Zune Marketplace music service. The celebration consists of six free concerts in public parks and plazas in urban centers across the country.

At the inaugural concert in Seattle, Gates outlined the Zune vision of creating new ways for people to connect, discover and share music. Gates demonstrated that through Zune-to-Zune managed wireless sharing, consumers are empowered to promote and sample tracks, thus increasing exposure for artists. The service logs the music that people have shared, making it easier to purchase the songs they like the next time they synch up their player. Consumers …