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…
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…
…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!
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!
Well, let’s say almost… Okay, not actual Danish design by definition… But this version of the Hybris Labs Changing Room was built in Denmark, set up at the SAP Innovation Forum in Copenhagen (Denmark) by our Danish colleagues who also conducted the demo…in Danish! So there!
The reason we’re emphasizing this, is not our love for functionalist design and architecture. Far more it is the fact that once again a team has successfully demoed one of our prototypes at an event without a Hybris Labs member being physically present. Well done! This makes us very happy because, as our loyal readers know, we can’t possibly attend all of the events we’re requested for. But we’ll always do our best to support where we can!
Actually, you can find elements of Danish design in the setup…
We’re still catching up on all the events we attended in the past few weeks and months. Today, let us take you to Helsinki. You think it’s cold in Finland? Correct.
But we didn’t just travel there because of the nice weather. So after a quick swim in the Baltic Sea we started to set up our Bullseye Demo at the SAP Innovation Forum Helsinki. You may be surprised to hear that we actually learned something from our previous prototypes. For example: make components transportable.
USB instead of soldered wiring to connect the components.
Some things on the other hand will probably never change. Re-labeling. It’s our thing. Apparently…
Conclusion: Bullseye can be shipped and is very easy to set up. Probably the closest we’ll ever get to plug and play. Reason enough for us to risk the next step. In future we want to support events without traveling to location ourselves… “Have you tried turning it off an on again?…”
Why is this part 5, you might ask? This event had nothing to do with the hybris Americas Customer Days, neither B2B Game Plan, nor did it take place in the same venue in Fort Worth. The SAP Retail Forum we’re talking about was located in Miami Beach. But we’re still in the same week! Funky Retail, the repaired Funky Retail, was dismantled on Tuesday evening, traveled to Miami on Wednesday morning and had to be set up again that same day. How’s that for a tight schedule?! And when we opened up the case, we found this:
Yippieh, Skippy! As if we hadn’t suffered enough already! But let’s not be too dramatic. It seems the TSA was gentle with our Prototype. All systems were up and running before bedtime without any further obstructions.
Next morning we could finally get back to business as usual. To round things off we made a slight enhancement to our branding…
As a reward Scott got some camera time again.
This is what happens when we ask Andreas to accompany the Smart Wine on a small tour across Europe:
So, we thought perhaps this Big Brother thing actually isn’t such a bad idea…
In Sopot (Poland), apparently golf is more interesting than wine and flashing lights. Would you believe it?! Maybe not a bad thing for a change. With all the attention it was getting, the wine shelf’s ego was starting to become quite unbearable. Our little star. But judging by the first photo, we should investigate what part Andreas played in this unexpected turn of events.
Anyway, to compensate for this slight disappointment, Andreas took the Smart Wine Shelf to Vienna. There it was treated appropriately and with the necessary respect.
The “Palais Kaun Kinsky”, not a bad location for our partner’s, “SMARTASSISTANT”, guided-selling event, not bad at all!
The hybris labs European Tour – Part 2
The hybris labs European Tour – Part 3