I recently came across an interesting solution that allows an iPad to be integrated to a store’s POS by simply using an RFID tag, software from Global Bay, a credit card, RFID receiver and RFID antenna, and of course, an iPad. The particular video(below) that I saw used the Zebra RW 220 in order to print customer receipts.
With this solution, retail stores could offer loyalty cards for, let’s say, the top 10% of their customers. The loyalty card would be embedded with an RFID chip, and upon the customers’ entrance to the store, the store clerk would be alerted on the iPad.
Instantly, information about the customer can be automatically retreived, including all of their past purchases. This creates countless opportunities for enhanced buyer experience. With the wardrobing tool that comes with the software, store clerks would be able to assemble outfits with previously purchased items in conjunction with in-store items in order to create a shopping cart, or even a wish-list that integrates with an e-commerce site for later purchases. Should a product be out of stock, there’s even a product locater feature.
Earlier, we discussed barcode scanning on the iPad via the CueCat. Now, it seems as though more and more people are becoming interested in barcode scanning capabilities on the iPad and solutions are continuously being developed. One solution used the LXE 8650 Ring Scanner in combination with the List-In-Hand app , and another involves the Socket Mobile Bluetooth Cordless Scanner 7X, but almost any bluetooth barcode scanner can be used.
The iPad is a revolutionary device that consumers can easily carry around both in and outdoors, so when a bluetooth barcode scanner or RFID is added to the mix, the possibilities are endless. In fact, I came across one article that dubbs the iPad as the, “missing link between Internet-connected items in your home, for example the Internet fridge, and the Web.” The article goes on to say, “In the not too distant future, household appliances and other real-world objects such as cars will be connected to the Internet. The iPad may well become the connector to all of those things.”
If you thought the CueCat was a thing of the past, then think again. The Mac Museum recently put together a barcode scanner for the iPad by using a CueCat and a camera connection kit. The plug-n-play solution reads barcodes with the CueCat and then creates keyboard shortcuts in order to type out the codes as they are read. Watch the video below to see the iPad and CueCat in action:
Socket Mobile recently announced Apple iPad compatibility for their Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner 7X, in addition to their antimicrobial version, the 7XRx. The Apple iPad, in combination with the Socket 7XRx offers great potential for healthcare and medical markets requiring tablet displays and 2D barcode data collection, more specifically, for medication administration, patient ID verification, material management and pharmacy logistics.
While the iPad is a revolutionary device on its own, being paired with the Socket 7XRx could really change the way things are done in the healthcare industry. Even by using the standard 7X, applications can be developed for marketing and other consumer-related uses.
While developers are still working with the units, it’s anticipated that the process of piloting, beta testing and then deployment will begin shortly.
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