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Windows 8 and Kinect Make Smart Shopping Cart

If you watch this short video that I posted you will soon realize that the possibiliteis are endless as far as technology goes. they are simply using a Kinect for Xbox which is like $200 and a tablet PC running Windows 8. Essentially what they ahve done is pretty neat. They incorperate your shopping list into the computer and it is attached to a scanner at the bottom of the shopping cart. You walk around, with the use of Kinect, the cart follows. When you put an item in your shopping cart and run it across the scanner at the bottom, it checks it off of your shopping list.

Note that in the video it also makes mention of his preferences of Gluten Free noodles. I think this is primative but it’s radical as well. I don’t see this in your shopping centers anytime soon as the cost benefit is just not there but we can all imagine can’t we?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16GiO8EEVpE

Windows 8 First Impressions

I recently downloaded and installed the latest windows operating system Windows 8 consumer preview to give it a test run. Right out of the gate it is visually pleasing and simple to use. It integrates with your Windows Live ID and it gets you setup. You also have the ability to to setup your PC in one of two ways, quick or custom. After that you’re off and running. Overall, it has the look and feel of Windows 7 with the exception of the Metro interface.

Metro Interface:

Although the metro interface is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, I would much rather see this interface strictly for tablets only. I’m not really fond of using for a desktop start menu. Microsoft has done what it does best and that is to change something completely just as everyone gets to know the previous version. I personally think they should just use the metro interface for tablets.

Start Menu:

The start menu is rather odd as well, as if you look, there really is no start menu, visually that is. You have to go all the way to the lower right hand corner in order to access it, which may be confusing to some end users. There is also a nice little option in the upper left hand corner to switch between recent open windows.

More to Come:

As of right now this is about as far as I have ventured and will explore more later. I want to test the restore functionality as well as get more acquainted with where everything is at. Stay tuned.