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  • UK Supermarket Building iPad Docks into Shopping Carts


    Here's something you're probably not used to seeing around the grocery store - shopping carts with a built-in iPad dock.

    Known as "trolleys" in the UK, Sainsbury's supermarkets and Sky TV's Sky Go service are partnering for the venture, which will enable shoppers to use their iPad - ostensibly for a wide variety of purposes - while perusing produce and stocking up on snacks. iPads, however, are not included in the carts, just the docks.

    The trolleys come complete with a tilting iPad holder and speakers. Their front bumpers are fitted with a sensor which lets off a warning beep if an engrossed shopper gets too close to another customer, while an on board battery with a self-charging solar panel ensures that the iPads never run out of power.
    According to the UK Telegraph, the setup allows iPad users to watch "live sports or news on their portable devices." I would have thought that a digital grocery list is more practical given the location, but to each his own, I guess.

    “Being able to create a gadget that is practical yet innovative is often a challenge but I think with the trolley we’ve cracked it," said Ian Burgess of Setwo Designs, who created the trolleys. "The trolley can be used in the traditional way for shopping yet streams the latest sports news easily.”

    Source: UK Telegraph
    This article was originally published in forum thread: UK Supermarket Building iPad Docks into Shopping Carts started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. iJasonTATE's Avatar
      iJasonTATE -
      Understandable with the new Reminders app in iOS 5.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Is this for real? is a hoax?
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      *docks iPad* I want some beans.. Hmm they are a few steps away from where I was looking *walks to beans* *Walks back to trolley now missing an iPad*

      If iPads weren't luxury items and everyone had one and they only cost 0.50p then fair enough, put them everywhere! Feel this could be a real security threat. I worked part time at Sainsbury's while I was at college. A lot of old women have their purses/handbags stolen from their trolly while they have their back turned.
    1. davshirley's Avatar
      davshirley -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      Is this for real? is a hoax?
      Sad. Just sad. As if people don't spend enough time with their eyes glued to a screen...
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      This kind of **** is why people think that Apple users are retarded.
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      Aren't car accidents enough ?
      Now people will be crashing everywhere
      :P
      Nice idea...but I don't think its one of those things u mass produce. Rather one of those things u brag to someone else about because they don't have it
    1. tomlangford001's Avatar
      tomlangford001 -
      I will be doing my shopping at sainsburys from now on
    1. liutszho's Avatar
      liutszho -
      Wow... Now I can stare at my ipad even more every single day.
    1. emerica6708's Avatar
      emerica6708 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PathKiller29 View Post
      Aren't car accidents enough ?
      Now people will be crashing everywhere
      :P
      Nice idea...but I don't think its one of those things u mass produce. Rather one of those things u brag to someone else about because they don't have it
      I was wondering why they added the front bumper sensors, I bet that is it, otherwise they would have people paying to much attention to their iPads and crash into something.
    1. wherwel's Avatar
      wherwel -
      this is going to be cool.
    1. Peter Griffin's Avatar
      Peter Griffin -
      Ho my daaaays. I'm going to have to get my Mom to shop at Sainsburys instead of Asda now.
    1. SAMc's Avatar
      SAMc -
      This really is the stupidest idea in the history of stupidity!
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      *docks iPad* I want some beans.. Hmm they are a few steps away from where I was looking *walks to beans* *Walks back to trolley now missing an iPad*

      If iPads weren't luxury items and everyone had one and they only cost 0.50p then fair enough, put them everywhere! Feel this could be a real security threat. I worked part time at Sainsbury's while I was at college. A lot of old women have their purses/handbags stolen from their trolly while they have their back turned.
      Goooood 1, if u have that shoping around with u. I'll B the 1st to get a free ipad? "NOT THAT I WOULD DO IT." BUT not everyone born rich?