As CES raged on in Vegas, Intel was unveiling a brand new initiative at the National Retail Federation Convention in New York: the Connected Store, a 2400 foot futuristic retail design that mixes in-person shopping with decidedly next-gen tech implementation. Intel partnered with some big names like Kraft, Procter & Gamble, Best Buy and Adidas to conceptualize a store powered by Sandy Bridge processors that delivers interactive signage and HD screens galore.
Intel’s AIM Suite is designed to collect anonymous data from shoppers to study how age and gender affect the attention paid to products in the store. Retailers may fall in love with the management software for networked devices--they could theoretically have offices controlling screens and point-of-sale terminals from across the country. Intel’s Connected Store could be a preview of where retail is going, but the real fun is in what Adidas is doing with Sandy Bridge.