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Friday, May 05, 2017

Walmart, Tagging and Sensing

This is from a patent, which is always speculative, but shows Walmart is looking outward, even into the smart home.   Of course manufacturers might be responsible for all this tagging and packaging. Increasing costs?  Also implies some in-home beacons?    In The Verge: 

Walmart wants to put sensors on everything so it can automatically order you stuff
by Ashley Carman @ashleyrcarman

Walmart is thinking about the ways in which the Internet of Things could get more products into shoppers’ homes. In a patent publicly revealed this week and spotted by CB Insights, the company describes a system of connected sensors that could monitor customers’ product consumption. The sensors would be attached to products and rely on a variety of technology, like radio frequencies, Bluetooth, conventional barcodes, and RFID tags.

Walmart doesn’t suggest that any one sensor type would work best; rather, it lays out its options. Apparently it has a lot of ideas: these tags would all track how often a product is used and where it’s located in a home. They could also help Walmart figure out what other products it could market to users based off their purchases.  .... " 

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