Technology is constantly changing our lives. It happens so rapidly and seamlessly that we hardly notice. It wasn’t long ago that stores used a manual machine to make a carbon imprint of your credit card when you made a purchases. Those machines are nearly obsolete thanks to WiFi technology and tablets. An individual can now purchase an attachment for their tablet that allows them to scan credit cards virtually anywhere.
Tablets have changed a lot more than our purchasing ease and mobility. Many people have fundamentally changed their businesses because of tablets. The following companies use tablets in such interesting and innovative ways it may surprise you.
A high-end Italian restaurant in New York City called De Santos has given their entire wait staff iPad 2s. The staff uses them to take orders as well as swipe your credit card after the meal. The idea is that this will reduce mistakes and increase efficiency.
At Puma stores in Asia, Africa, and Europe, customers can use iPad stations called The Creative Factory to design their own sneakers and share them with people around the world. They can also view designs from other creators. Puma’s goal is to connect the world through active footwear.
You will find no storefront or store clerks at SHOPBOX, an addition to the DeKalb Market in Brooklyn. You will, however, find items for sale in shipping containers with glass sides. On the end of the container an iPad is secured for shoppers to register and then text what they want to purchase. The products are shipped straight to their homes. How’s that for window-shopping!
As tablet technology improves, people will continue to come up with creative uses for it. How will innovation change the future? Will it eventually be “retro” to have human wait staff at restaurants? Will malls be done away with all together? Isaac Asimov said “The only constant is change” and this is glaringly true where technology is concerned. Advancements are made so quickly we hardly notice how drastically they change our lives. Usually these changes make our way of life easier, so let’s relax, let it happen, and wait for our hovercrafts.