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Intel announces Connected Store concept, makes us hungry for shoes

Christopher Trout, @Mr_Trout
January 12, 2011
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It's been less than a week since Intel announced their 2nd Generation Core processors, and the little guys are already hard at work. Deep in the heart of another convention -- the National Retail Federation Convention, to be exact -- Intel unveiled the Connected Store concept: a futuristic storefront for retailers looking to up their digital game. The store, powered in part by the "visibly smart" processors, is packed with interactive demos and proof-of-concepts that look like something out of the Jetsons. Among the systems sporting the new processor's 3D graphics capabilities are a virtual search engine-equipped wall of Adidas sneakers -- the thing packs up to 8,000 different styles -- and the Intel Digital Signage Endcap, which does some creepy big brother stuff, using gestural sensors to target you specifically. Also on display are a number of beefed-up and interactive self check-out kiosks and point-of-sale systems. Intel's already got the big guns interested, including Proctor and Gamble and Kraft Foods, but we just want to know who's going to make this wall of shoes a reality. Video of the Connected Store after the jump.






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