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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Labs goes Danish design

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…

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Napakymppi!

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.

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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.

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USB instead of soldered wiring to connect the components.

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Some things on the other hand will probably never change. Re-labeling. It’s our thing. Apparently…

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Hey presto!

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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?…”