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Augmented reality

By Kate Enright [caption id="attachment_692" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Google's Project Glass at NY Fashion Week 2012[/caption]   Your eyes do not deceive you, this is in fact a runway at New York Fashion Week and those are Google Glasses on heads of the super models. Looks like the final gap was bridged between geek and chic when Diane Von Furstenburg added Google’s augmented reality headgear as part of her Spring 2013 collection this week.

by Kate Enright Augmented reality ads are slowly making their way into mainstream advertising and the minds of creatives industry-wide. More and more brands are now using the technology to engage consumers with both high impact advertising and with hidden digital content. Large organisations are now turning to augmented reality as a means of creating a stir around products online. The value in this is that the impact does not stop at those seeing the installations first hand, but there is an extremely high potential for these eye-catching campaigns to go viral, their digital nature is a huge draw. A good example of this is the recent Absolut Inspire app created by Absolut Vodka, calling for users to digitally overlay their “graffiti” onto public buildings, streets and walls. The ad alone had international viewership all over the web.

The Absolut Inspire ad campaign 2012. 

by Kate Enright Last “holiday season” in the US, 50% of adult smartphone owners used their mobiles in-store to get help with purchases. This was to ensure that they got the best price possible and the most information when before making purchases. This data came from a study made by Pew of 1000 adult holiday shoppers all over the US. Pew found that 38% of shoppers called a friend while in store for advice, while 24% used their smart-phone to obtain product reviews online. 25% of phone users looked up prices online for products in-store in attempt to find the best deal online and in other stores. Altogether, 52% of all adult cell owners relied on their phone for one of these purposes and 33% specifically turned to their phone for online information while shopping inside a store.

www.vonbismark.com London 26/03/2012 Irish good news story, Von Bismark, have just launched their ground breaking Von Bismark Wardrobe product at the RBTE in Earls Court London. The VB wardrobe allows users to physically try on digital clothing using any TV or digital display and to share their shopping experiences with their friends through their preferred social network. The user also has the option to purchase the item they like by scanning the related QR code and adding it to their shopping cart. Version 1, the Von Bismark Accessorise, which allowed users to try on virtual accessories, was a huge hit Christmas shoppers in Dublin, with over 100,000 users and 7,000 pictures taken when launched in Liffey Valley shopping centre for 28 days in December 2011. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNx7YgPQFow&w=560&h=315]

by Kate Enright This past weekend saw the launch of Woolworth's virtual shopping facility in Sydney’s Town Hall Station. Shoppers in the station will now simply have to point and tap to order groceries right to their homes without the hassle of shopping trollies, frustrated toddlers and queues at the supermarket checkout. The virtual storefront displays images of the items most commonly purchased in stores accompanied by a bar code. By just pointing and tapping shoppers can add the item to their virtual basket and move to the next shelf. Genius. Image