Pimp My Cart
Are you one of those people who’d love to create a shopping list on your tablet, but balk at the prospect of toting it around the supermarket? Help may be on the way.
British grocery store chain Sainsbury’s is testing out new shopping carts with solar-powered iPad docks and speakers. The trial, first rolled out at a Sainsbury’s location in Kensington, West London, will allow anyone with a Wi-Fi-enabled device to watch sports and news channels on their iPad as they toss the requisite bread, milk and eggs into the cart. The docks have been designed by British broadcaster Sky in a bid to promote its Sky Go service for mobile devices.
The dock has a built-in battery with a self-charging solar panel that keeps the tablets from running out of power. And, knowing that it’s easy to become engrossed in a game while walking around the store, the device is equipped with a front bumper and a warning sensor which sounds an alert when you get too close to another object, cart or shopper.
Sainsbury’s said in a statement that the shopping carts may be rolled out to other U.K. stores if the initial trial proves successful. Execs think it could even convince more shoppers to patronize a store.