IKANGAI | Blog | The Traveling Mobile Shopping Avatar

We are currently developing a mobile shopping avatar in the project SOLOMON. It is a truly mobile shopping avatar: it can move from one device, medium respectively, to another. How does this work? At it’s core, the shopping avatar is a piece of Javascript software that represents your personal mobile assistant and is available in […]

Will the Chatbot kill the Webshop?

If Rob LoCascio [1] is to believed we are going to see major changes in the way e-commerce is conducted in the very near future, i.e., this year. Shop websites will eventually go away and make room for conversational interfaces (bots). I find this thought intriguing and I think there are already sings that this […]

How Physical Stores become more like Online Stores

The US retail chain Nordstrom started to experiment with a small concept store that focuses on services and that doesn’t stock any inventory. It is a familiar concept that other many other businesses have used in the past: they created showrooms for their customers to try out their products. What has changed, however, is the […]

Smart Environments = Edge Computing + Bots + AI

The concept of smart environments can regarded as byproduct of pervasive computing with a strong focus on the interaction of humans and technology. Generally speaking, a smart environment is a physical world that is richly and invisibly interwoven with sensors, actuators, displays, and computational elements, embedded seamlessly in the everyday objects of our lives, and […]

Is EDGE Computing the next logical step in computing?

In the comparably brief history of modern computing (70+ years or so) we went through several transformations. Without making a claim to be complete: we saw large single server systems (mainframe client-server systems) with dumb terminals, witnessed the personal desktop computer revolution in the 1970ies and 1980ies, the rise of the Web in the 1990ies […]

SOLOMON – Social Local Mobile Indoor

Contrary to many predictions from the past, brick-and-mortar stores are still existing and are not going anywhere anytime soon as they are integral for a customer’s shopping experience. In fact, Amazon, probably THE online shopping platform started rolling out physical book stores and purchased the whole foods chain very recently – working on combining the […]