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Xyze's On smart measuring tape is aimed at making online shopping less of a guessing game

No matter how sure you are of your size, buying clothes online always carries the risk that they won't fit correctly when they arrive. With different brands having different ideas of what's small, medium and large, how do you know for certain that you've ticked the right box? Italian fashion startup Xyze (pronounced "Size") is currently running a crowdfunding campaign for a smart measuring tape that records your body's dimensions and translates this to a particular brand's size chart, threatening to deal a critical blow to the "never worn" category on eBay.  Read More

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Denmark’s Aalborg City Business Association is turning to a smart sensor network to monitor and analyze the impact of large-scale events, starting with its Christmas market. Known as BlipTrack, the technology tracks the public’s mobile phones and tablets to provide useful data that can be put to use in easing the flow of urban traffic, optimizing retail setups and more.  Read More

Virtual items collected in a game of Future Hunter-Gatherer are later delivered to the doo...

The six finalists in the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab certainly threw up some eye-catching ideas. This year's competition called on designers from around the world to conceive appliances in line with the theme of "Creating Healthy Homes." Electrolux has now revealed the winner, the Future Hunter-Gatherer concept aimed at reconnecting us with our food sources by gamifying the task of grocery shopping.  Read More

UK supermarket Sainsbury's is set to trial a new app via which customers can pay for their...

No-one likes spending any longer at the supermarket than they have to. Whilst self-service checkouts may have sped things up a touch, one UK supermarket is now set to trial doing away with checkouts altogether. The new Sainsbury's app lets users scan items at the shelf and pay via their smartphone.  Read More

The Packtasch, by Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner

Two architecture and design students from Vienna have designed a cargo carrier for cyclists that would nicely match the cardboard bicycle and helmet. The cardboard Packtasche offers cyclists a cheap and convenient way to carry their groceries.  Read More

The findbox system helps shoppers find the item they want by scanning an example or packag...

Scanning shop shelf after shop shelf in the search for that elusive item can be a frustrating task, particularly if it turns out the item is out of stock. This isn’t just annoying, but it can also mean lost sales as customers leave without buying anything at all. In a bid to help both customers and shopkeepers, Germany-based findbox GmbH has developed the findbox, a kiosk-like device that scans items and packaging, lets shoppers know if a replacement is in the shop and guides them to the right peg.  Read More

Mannequins enabled with VMBeacon

Retail therapy has become a tad more high-tech in the UK. A group of British high street retailers is trying out mannequins enabled with a wireless technology called VMBeacon that expands the shopping experience with digital technology. Developed by Iconeme, the wireless mannequins send customers information about clothes on display, giving retailers an extra channel of contact with shoppers and passers-by.  Read More

Fitle wants to provide users with a 3D avatar of themselves with which to try on clothes w...

A new service is promising to end the uncertainty of how clothes will look or fit when shopping on the web. Fitle aims to provide users with a 3D avatar of themselves with which to "try on" clothes online. The company says it will eventually offer the world's largest clothes database via partners.  Read More

The Mall of the World, by property development group Dubai Holding (Image: Dubai Holding)

Already home to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai may soon boast bragging rights for the world's largest mall, too. Described as a climate-controlled city by developers Dubai Holding, the Mall of the World project was officially launched a few days ago by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.  Read More

Original Unverpackt is aiming to become Germany's first waste-free supermarket

When it comes to sustainability, you might know Germany best for its renewable energy ambitions and efforts to reduce carbon pollution. While these initiatives have been largely driven by government and researchers, a team of budding entrepreneurs is looking to get in on the action, too. Aiming to open this (northern summer), Original Unverpackt will be Germany's first package-free supermarket.  Read More

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