Mobile

Future of Retail: Indoor Positioning with iBeacons

Mar 25, 2014 by in iBeacon, Lab, Mobile, Projection, Retail, Technology

In the Razorfish Emerging Experiences labs, we’ve been prototyping next generation retail experiences that can identify and track consumers with the goal of offering timely and relevant information. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) indoor location-based tracking, we’re able to see movements and identities of smartphones throughout retail environments. Our systems know how many people are in a space (image below), who they are, when they entered, where they went, where they lingered, and when they left. Based on the location of consumers, we can serve contextually relevant content to their smartphones or to displays in their proximity.

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Mobile Integration with Retail

BLE indoor position tracking can integrate mobile experiences into a physical retail space. With indoor location tracking, mobile wayfinding can help guide consumers to items in their mobile wish list or even to less-crowded checkout lines. Consumers could use their mobile devices to signal for help, and associates can use location tracking (image below) to find the customer. Displays near a consumer could recognize them and display messages relevant to their shopping history and accept content that is pushed to them from mobile devices.

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Retail Metrics

BLE indoor tracking allows for in-store metrics tracking that is tied to the identity of a customer. Data can be collected from a customer’s entire shopping visit, instead of only at the checkout line. In the image above, a server tracks the movement of a smartphone from the moment it enters and can collect metrics on dwell times, traffic hot spots, and indoor location history. When retail locations connect this data to POS metrics they could track how long each purchase decision took as well as what other products a customer considered during their visit by tracking linger times in front of products that were not purchased. Retail locations could track the effectiveness of in-store messaging, end cap linger times, and incentives that are pushed to smartphones in-store. BLE indoor tracking can also help associates better service customers. By accessing real-time indoor tracking data, associates can optimize where they need to be to offer assistance and guide sales. When engaged with a customer, associates could also see what in-store items a customer was mostly likely interested in.

We’re excited to work with these new technologies and along the way, find better ways for retailers to more effectively connect with consumers.

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Audi City Berlin Launched

Feb 05, 2014 by in 5D, Experience Design, Microsoft Kinect, Mobile, Multi-touch, News, Portfolio, Retail, Technology, Touchscreen

First London, then Beijing and now Berlin: Audi City has transformed the dealership experience in ways never before seen. It’s delivered by one of the most technologically advanced retail environments ever created and features a variety of multi-touch displays for configuring your Audi from millions of possible combinations. Personalize your Audi then toss it onto one of the floor-to-ceiling digital “powerwalls” to visualize and explore your configuration at a true 1:1 scale. Audi City is a true dealership of the future and an effort we are proud to be part of.

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RZRShop Highlights from NRF

Jan 27, 2014 by in 5D, Augmented Reality, Experience Design, Kinect, Mobile, Multi-touch, News, Portfolio, Projection, Retail, Technology, Touchscreen

From a surfboard designer that comes to life right before your eyes, to a one-of-a-kind, dual screen Kinect beach soccer game, RZRShop was a huge hit at this year’s National Retail Federation Annual Convention and Expo. Check out some of the highlights.

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The Biggest Thing in Retail is Actually Pretty Small: Welcome to #RZRShop

Jan 13, 2014 by in 5D, Experience Design, Kinect, Microsoft Surface, Mobile, Multi-touch, Near Field, News, Portfolio, Retail, Technology, Touchscreen

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For this year’s National Retail Federation Annual Convention and Expo, we’ve built a highly interactive, surf-and-sand-inspired shopping experience. Built inside a uniquely portable container, RZRShop creates big moments inside a smaller, more nimble retail footprint. Digital meets physical with a Perceptive Pixel-powered surfboard designer that comes to life right before your eyes. And battle lines are drawn with a one-of-a-kind, dual screen Kinect beach soccer game and smart vending experience. Powered by the Razorfish 5D Retail Platform, RZRShop seamlessly connects a variety of devices to attract customers, drive product engagement and arm store associates with more contextualized tools. The end result is a fun and personal experience—the way shopping should be.

Visit emergingexperiences.com/rzrshop for more information, and visit us in Microsoft booth #2703 to experience RZRShop for yourself.


Enhanced Consumer Connections, Powered by Razorfish 5D

Nov 15, 2012 by in 5D, Experience Design, Kinect, Lab, Microsoft Surface, Mobile, Multi-touch, Near Field, Retail, Technology, Touchscreen

When we’re playing in our Lab, we’re always looking for creative ways to push the limits of technology. Some of our projects are just for fun, and others, like London’s Audi City, completely reinvent the way people shop. We were even thinking about digital wallets before they were cool. So when we set out to create the Razorfish 5D platform, our goal was to design a powerful and highly immersive way for brands to connect with consumers—before, during and after the shopping experience. In our latest video, we show how our 5D platform seamlessly connects a variety of digital devices to better attract consumers into the store, drive product engagement and arm store associates with more contextualized digital tools. The end result is a fun and personal experience, the way shopping should be.


Audi City: Inventing the Dealership of the Future

Jul 19, 2012 by in 5D, Experience Design, Kinect, Microsoft Kinect, Mobile, Multi-touch, News, Portfolio, Retail, Technology, Touchscreen

We’re excited by the launch of a revolutionary showroom experience for a premiere automotive brand. After a year of collaboration between Audi and a wide range of partners, Audi City has launched near Piccadilly Circus in London, ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

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Audi City London is a groundbreaking dealership experience delivered by one of the most technologically advanced retail environments ever created. The digital environment features multi-touch displays for configuring your Audi vehicle from millions of possible combinations. Your personalized car is visualized in photorealistic 3D using real-time render technology, making the Audi City vehicle configurator the most advanced in the world. After personalizing your Audi, you can toss your vehicle onto one of the floor-to-ceiling digital “powerwalls” to visualize your car configuration in life-size scale. From here, you can use gestures to interact with your personalized vehicle, exploring every angle and detail in high resolution using Kinect technology.

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A purely digital showroom can’t deliver on the tactile experience of buying a car. Therefore, a store associate can save your configuration on a RFID-enabled USB stick and guide you into a personal consultation area that features a variety of tactile objects. These objects help the customers get hands-on with the materials of the vehicle including car exterior color and finish options and interior upholstery options. Each of these tangible objects are digitally-tagged through RFID technology. You can bring bring any of these physical objects over to the configurator experience and the corresponding exterior paint finishes and interior options will automatically update your vehicle configuration.

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When purchasing a car, the customer journey occurs across multiple channels. In order to integrate and simplify the car buying process, we’ve allowed customers to retrieve their online car configurations in the showroom environment. In addition, any car configuration made in the showroom is synchronized to your personal USB stick. Simply pop in the USB stick at home and the web-based configurator is automatically launched with the exact car configuration you created in the showroom. This allows Audi to deliver a “start anywhere, end anywhere” buying cycle for the customer, which has proven elusive for retailers.

Not only is Audi City a premier showroom environment, the dealership concept represents a fundamental shift in retail strategy for the brand. This new small-footprint retail format brings Audi closer to their customers, not only geographically but also emotionally. The smaller-footprint concept will launch in metropolitan environments and reach a younger urban and digitally-enabled demographic. After hours, the environment will serve as a cultural center in the larger community by playing host to readings, round-table discussions and art exhibitions.

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“Audi City combines the best of two worlds – digital product presentation and personal contact with the dealer” says Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management at Audi. “People are placing greater emphasis than ever before on a direct and personal bond of trust with their vehicle brand – especially in respect of the increasing variety of products and available information. Thus, with Audi City we are creating a one-stop-shop for experiencing our brand. It is right in the midst of our customers’ lives, yet seamlessly connected to the online range offered by the four rings.”

Audi announced at the London launch that 20 showrooms in other major international cities will follow by 2015.

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NFC Gumball Machine

Jun 15, 2012 by in Lab, Mobile, Near Field

Near field technology has been around for a couple of years now, but will it finally have its breakthrough later this year when the new iPhone comes out? A good reason for us to take another closer look at the technology.

Introducing Digital-Gum-Goods.

This is an NFC-enabled Gum Machine we have built at Razorfish that is packed with all sorts of digital goodies: Apps, movies, songs, ebooks, as well as other exclusive and location-based content that can be pushed to a phone. Simply enter a coin and turn the lever – then follow the animation and tap your smartphone next to the release chute.

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The project was realized in a 2 day prototyping session at Razorfish’s Frankfurt office. In terms of hardware, we used a Samsung Galaxy Tab, an NFC shield, a simple reed switch and two Arduino microcontrollers – all nicely fitted into an original Gum Machine metal base.

This is an example of how NFC Technology can provide a missing link between the physical and the digital by bringing the best of both worlds together.

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DeltaZone @ Madison Square Garden

Apr 15, 2012 by in Microsoft Kinect, Mobile, Multi-touch, Portfolio, Touchscreen

Anticipation has been building for years.

The expectation has always been that our lives will be transformed by new technologies. Everything from travel to sports and entertainment would be made new again…redefined.

And now, thanks to Delta and Madison Square Garden in partnership with Razorfish, that time has finally arrived.

Delta Air Lines’ Touch the Future of Travel and a newly refreshed yet still iconic Madison Square Garden is here.

In addition to the 11,000 square foot lounge which features select menus, multi-screen event coverage, and a clear view of professional athletes entering the arena through a glass hallway, we’ve created a unique experience for VIPs.

A personalized, curated way for travelers to discover new destinations, collecting content from around the globe and enjoying fantastic vistas that transport them into the magic of destination travel and discovery.

Delta’s Touch the Future of Travel is about unique inspiration, easier access to what you want, when you want it, and sharing travel ideas with friends…and Razorfish with Delta is making it all happen.


BrandTable Concept

Nov 11, 2011 by in Experience Design, Mobile, News

Over the last few weeks Amnesia Razorfish had the opportunity to collaborate with the University of Sydney and Publicis Mojo for an innovative take on how near field communication can transform tasks in our daily lives. For this concept designed for food courts Stephen Davis created a Brand Table prototype that not only simplifies the process of displaying menus of restaurants on your phone, but also allows you to place your order and pay instantly.

Steve has a nice write-up on his website about the benefits of this approach and we were happy to see it being picked by a number of online publications including TechCrunch and Engadget.
With the wide-spread adoption of NFC at the horizon we’ll hopefully see concepts like this becoming reality soon.


Razorfish Digital Wallet: Leave the Paper and Plastic at Home

Aug 25, 2011 by in Lab, Mobile, Technology

The arrival of NFC technology promises to usher in a variety of new types of multi-channel customer experiences. While NFC technology is still in its infancy, our team has focused our efforts on research & development around experiences that can be enabled by this emerging platform. One of the many uses of NFC is activating mobile payment.

The Razorfish Digital Wallet is a mobile application we developed to demonstrate how customers can send and receive mobile payments over NFC. In the future, this type of consumer-to-consumer payment will become commonplace. For instance, you’ll pay your babysitter or settle a bet with a friend by simply tapping your mobile devices.

In the above video, we’ll showcase the consumer-to-consumer payment scenario along with a variety of other scenarios. NFC has arrived and we’re excited to integrate this technology in our experiences.

Check back soon as we will be posting a behind-the-scenes walkthru of the application.