If there is anything more frustrating than a grocery store shopping cart with a stuck or squeaky wheel, it’s bumping into corner displays, other shoppers’ carts and maneuvering it around crowded aisles while trying to keep your eyes peeled for the items on your grocery list.
Everything else you want to buy seems to be rid of that frustration and effort because today things are quick, simple, carefree, and yes, even fun! Well when it comes to your online shopping carts anyway. So why is shopping in-store for groceries once a week using a grocery store shopping cart not equally as effortless? Well, because nothing has changed in regular carts since the 50s.
Until now. You saw the Board of Awesomeness and probably questioned our intentions in building it, which is not unusual. Most people question ingeniousness. But the answer is because we wanted to test how various objects interact with people using software like Kinect outside the office or living room. And so …. Drum roll, please ….
Chaotic Moon Labs is bringing the spectacular benefits of easy-to-use online shopping carts to the regular carts still being pushed around grocery stores today. Using a Samsung Windows 8 Tables, a Microsoft Kinect for Windows sensor, and a Parallax Eddie drive system (plus a couple of Phidgets thrown in), we’ve put together a revolutionary way to shop in-store.
The frustration of bumping into corner displays, other shoppers’ carts and maneuvering around crowded aisles is now your cart’s problem. Using the Kinect software for navigation and voice recognition, your cart actually listens to—and follows—you, which means it can navigate itself around the grocery store following you wherever you go.
With its unique display system, you can watch your cart track your shopping list, identify items scanned in and out of your cart, offer recipe suggestions for single items or a combination of items in your cart, notify you of specials or seasonal items, monitor expiration dates, and more. And using its exclusive preferences system, your cart can also alert you to food allergies, preferences and dietary restrictions by scanning an item’s ingredients and comparing it to specific information you logged in your profile.
And to add a little icing to this delicious piece of cake, your smart cart can even automate your checkouts so you can breeze through to express bagging or even just take your reusable bags and go if you’ve been bagging the items yourself as you go along.
Forgetting items at the store, leaving the store with the wrong items, going over budget, getting too little or too much of something, remembering to bring recipes with you—it’s all a thing of the past because this cart enables you to set your own parameters on needs and likes, tells you what you need to know based on those parameters, shortens your shopping experience with efficient tips and reminders, and ensures you leave the store with everything you came to get.
Who needs to wait around for the future when we can just cook it up for you right now in our labs? Chaotic Moon Labs—showing how the future is a lot closer than you thought.
CHAOTIC MOON LABS' SMARTER CART™
Utilizes Kinect for Windows for primary navigation and voice recognition
Automatically tracks user and follows them through the store (can also lead them through the store)
System automatically alerts shoppers to allergy alerts or food preference notifications