New 'Magic Wardrobe' Simplifies Shopping

Tired of fighting it out with other shoppers at the store? Tired of slow e-commerce web sites? The Magic Wardrobe, a research prototype developed by Accenture, is a piece of smart furniture that would allow people to use their actual wardrobe as a starting point in online shopping.

It engages in silent commerce, working in the background to help you find the next thing you want.

The cool thing is that the contents of the wardrobe, and how you arrange your clothes, becomes an interface that lets you surf the web directly for products you want. It provides a context for merchants to present you with relevant items. (See the Magic Wardrobe interface.)

  • You might be trying to figure out what to do with a package of frozen peas and some left-over tofu or light cheese. Putting them on the kitchen counter activates the 'Magic Kitchen' interface, and the kitchen screen suggests Mutter Paneer (an excellent Indian dish) for dinner, and provides the recipe.

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Bill Christensen catalogues the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at his website, Technovelgy. He is a contributor to Live Science.