A Software Advice survey of 700 retailers indicates the technological habits embraced by shoppers and retailers since the COVID-19 pandemic began are here to stay -- at least for the foreseeable future. Trends for small-business owners to watch include omnichannel retail, installment payments and direct-to-consumer sales via social media.
Google and TeamViewer are collaborating on an augmented reality project that would employ Google's smart glasses and a special software platform to make in-store order picking faster and more efficient. The Assisted Order Picking solution, created especially for grocers, would be built on Google's Cloud and use a heads-up display to let workers use both hands to choose the right products for online order fulfillment, growing pick rates between 15% and 40%.
Google is using augmented reality to increase public consciousness around endangered animals, partnering with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. The animals highlighted include the harbor porpoise and white-backed woodpecker, which are critically endangered, per the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.
The next-gen Apple Watch might have three size options instead of two, analyst Ross Young tweeted. The recently unveiled Series 7 has 41mm and 45mm options, and Young teased the idea of a larger display for the Series 8.
Apple is rumored to be redesigning its Apple TV, giving its housing sharper corners and a Plexiglas top. This next-gen Apple TV will reportedly be flatter and thinner, with a design that complements the latest Siri Remote.
Light Field Lab, a startup, has developed technology that could transform light waves into room-sized holograms that would be viewable from any angle. The tech does not require AR glasses or VR headsets for the holograms to be viewed.
Nestron's sustainably made Cube Two X minihomes pack the latest in smart home technology, including integration with Alexa and Google Home, into a 156-square-foot floor plan. The company is reportedly developing its own AI system, Canny, which will be geared toward minihome dwellers.
Samsung's web browser is now available on Wear OS, bringing the convenience of web surfing to the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. Users can navigate pages via hand gestures and can quickly send websites to their paired phones.
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