Hybris Labs in 2016 – The Year of IoT

Parallel to the SAP Hybris Digital Summit  2017 we want to take a look at the past year through the eyes of Hybris Labs. We decided to name our 2016 “The Year of IoT”. The very first Labs IoT prototype does of course date back to 2014 and came in the shape of the original Smart Wine Shelf. But what we like to refer to as the “mastery of IoT” involves achievements such as the replication and adaptation of our prototypes, enabled through YaaS, the distribution of our demos to events across the globe, and the very first Hybris Labs prototype with an SAP Hybris customer.

 

BASF & Hybris Wine Shelf

After showing Bullseye at the SAP Hybris Global Summit in Feb 2016 it was “HEINEKEN” who first approached us with a customisation request for an internal event. The result was the beer selector which we then later also showed at the Hybris Americas Customer Days in Fort Lauderdale.

“BASF”, a world leading chemistry company but also one of Germany’s largest wine distributors, decided to take the Bullseye prototype one step further. The BASF & Hybris Wine Shelf is the first pilot project Labs engaged in together with a customer and is currently in use in the BASF “Weinkeller” in Ludwigshafen.

 

Bottomless shopping carts and robots on trucks

There was more to the past year than just Bullseye. The close collaboration with the SAP Hybris customer “hansgrohe” allowed us to frequently present our Infinite Cart prototype in an eye-catching setup and produce a video that is equally stimulating to its viewers.

Without living up to the clichés that are commonly associated with this term, Hybris Labs are often referred to as rock stars. Reluctantly accepting those honours, we did manage to get one of our team members on a tour bus – the “Beyond CRM Truck”. His name… her… its name: Pepper.

Pepper was the only one of us tough enough to deal with life on the road. As an extension to Bullseye, Pepper handed out candy to truck-visitors all across Europe.

 

The golden age of computed artificiality

In the past our lay on the digitization of the physical retail space. In 2017 Hybris Labs will be exploring the potential of virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence in the shape of voice controlled digital assistants and conversational commerce. We’re hoping to present the first results of this research in spring. With other words: New Hybris Labs prototypes are coming soon!

“What the computer in virtual reality enables us to do is to recalibrate ourselves so that we can start seeing those pieces of information that are invisible to us but have become important for us to understand.” – Douglas Adams

Perhaps we’ll even find the question to the answer “42”…

Spicy times for Infinite Cart

After having accomplished their mission at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in Scottsdale, Georg and Nick’s next stop was Mexico City to support the local SAP Forum. Our Mexican colleagues are so fond of Hybris Labs, they even adopted the original version of our very first IoT prototype, the Smart Wine Shelf. It looks quite happy in its new home.

Another thing that made us very happy in the Mexico City office, was to see that we’re not the only ones playing with Lego and Raspberry PIs. Without having any sort of solid evidence to support such a statement (apart from Augmented Commerce), Hybris Labs will of course claim to be the trendsetter in this field.

But the actual reason for traveling to Mexico was to train some colleagues in the art of Infinite Cart. Not only were they going to show it at their SAP Forum, they’re also going to be taking Infinite Cart to various events across Latin America and will then add it to their showroom as a new attraction.

The actual show went just as well as the rehearsal and, thanks to a lovely booth design, attracted quite some attention.

That was the end of Georg and Nick’s trip, but stay tuned if you want to know how things went in Colombia.

What?! Were you expecting some kind of cliché statement or photo in reference to the term “spicy” in the title? Well what can we say…

Leveraging Labs limitlessly

We might be regretting that headline pretty soon… ‘Limitlessly’ is slightly exaggerated. Those of you who know Hybris Labs better or have been following our blog will in fact debunk this statement as a blatant lie. ‘Leveraging’ is a bit dicey too actually. ‘Labs’ is fine though.

What we have been trying to do and are continuously succeeding with, is making it possible for SAP teams around the world to show and in some cases even rebuild our prototypes without our physical presence. The two latest examples of this sort of collaboration were presented by our colleagues in Mexico and Japan.

Wine Shelf Mexico

In Mexico it’s the original Smart Wine Shelf that’s creating a buzz. It was stored in the US for quite some time, so we’re happy to see it in action again. After all, it was the very first wine shelf we built and in a way marks the beginning of the Labs era as you know it today.

Our Japanese colleagues decided to go with Infinite Cart. Even if we need to invest some time to ‘leverage’ our demos and make sure they work, we think it’s definitely worth it. Because at the end: Everybody’s happy.

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Rubber ducks run Infinite Cart

Fact.

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An entire armada of them!

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At dmexco – Digital Marketing Exposition & Conference in Cologne.

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And they did an excellent job indeed! There was an overwhelming interest in our Infinite Cart demo. Initially out of curiosity why the SAP Hybris booth looked like a showroom for taps and sinks. But further inquisitiveness soon drove visitors into the hands of SAP Hybris Profile. This once again showed us how much sense it makes to integrate with other services. That way we can generate some buzz around the actual product and in return we have less difficulties explaining why we have taps and sinks at our booth.

So listen to the rubber duck and check out the SAP Hybris Profile Developer Portal.

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Premiere Night

We’re using the term ‘premiere’ in it’s broadest possible sense here. Both Bullseye and Infinite Cart have been around for quite a while already. But we’ve only just installed the demos in our showroom, a.k.a. The Hybris Labs Innovation Space. The perfect cover to organise a nice little party. Buy some beer, invite all your colleagues and give the do a fancy name to make it an official occasion – “The Hybris Labs Premiere Night”.

We started the evening with an exclusive not-quite-premiere of our latest video. But then it was time for the real thing. Lots of our colleagues hadn’t had the opportunity to see a live demo of Infinite Cart before, so they were genuinely interested. Perhaps the beer also played a part…

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The second new big attraction in the showroom is Bullseye. Give ’em what they what they want…sweets, flashing lights and a beer in their hands…at the end: Everybody’s happy.

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SAP Hybris Summit Japan 2016

It was the first SAP Hybris Summit Japan and Hybris Labs was a part of it. More than a year ago our Japanese colleagues had already built a mini version of the Smart Wine Shelf all by themselves. And what can you say, flashing wine bottles are still an eye catcher!

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But for this special occasion we were invited to show a more recent Hybris Labs invention. Since the SAP Hybris customer Hansgrohe was also in Tokyo to give a keynote, Infinite Cart was the perfect match. For those of you who weren’t aware of this yet, Hansgrohe allows us to use their products for the demo. That helps us immensely to bring our prototype to life and adds some charm to the display.

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The idea behind Infinite Cart seems to be quite appealing to them. Let’s see what happens next…

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By the way, Hansgrohe also allowed us to shoot a video in their ‘Aquademie‘. It’ll be published very soon, so keep an eye on our blog!

Physics 101

Who would have guessed that NFC and metal don’t go well together? (the material not the music style…) Well, let’s just say we had a suspicion. But we weren’t expecting to ever have to prove it at an event. Then again, who would have thought that a booth is sometimes constructed with metal walls? Definitely was a bit of surprise fur us. Here’s a little physics 101: NFC tags don’t work when they’re stuck onto metal walls. And just as a side note, it’s also a suboptimal environment for wireless networks. Basically we had similar problems as Superman has with lead (spot on comparison).

But we were at the SAP CEC Forum in Vienna to show Infinite Cart, so we had to find a solution. Time to improvise. We found these wooden thingies…

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…and tried to get a bit of distance between the tags and the wall. Not exactly pretty, but it worked… kind of… Luckily though, the booth as a whole looked absolutely fab!

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Like last time when we showed Infinite Cart, we ganged up again with the guys from Hybris Profile. It just makes so much sense to use our prototypes to promote actual SAP Hybris products (“to be” in this case) and demonstrate how ready the software already is for cool innovations.

But then all of a sudden the buggers started stealing our thunder!

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Step into our bathroom and enjoy… Infinite Cart

We didn’t have the chance to show Infinite Cart, one of our latest prototypes, that often yet, so we were very happy to be given this opportunity at Internet World in Munich. Especially since the event was right on our doorstep.

There are two things we like especially about Infinite Cart…apart from the fact that it’s a really cool prototype… We’ve worked together with our SAP Hybris Profile team to generate a more compelling showcase, including aspects that focus on B2B industries.

And secondly, having our SAP Hybris customer ‘hansgrohe’ on board made it possible for us to add some life and spice to the scenario. Demos always work better when you’ve got some actual products. Not to forget the fact that it looks nice and attracts people to come by our booth. This calls for a new video, doesn’t it? Well, stay tuned…

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Game on! – Infinite Cart Premiere at B2B Game Plan

Since we stayed at the same location and there were only a few hours between end and beginning of the two events, this could also be called ‘part 4’ of our hybris Americas Customer Days Trilogy. But what could be more impressive than time travel? Well, a new hybris labs prototype for example! We proudly present: INFINITE CART.

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Here demoed in a lovely sanitary showroom environment…with a beautiful carpet…and Lars. You can learn more about the functionality of Infinite Cart if you follow the link above. And of course you’ll be reading more about our new prototype in future if you just keep following our blog…

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