By  on July 24, 2008

33% of multichannel retailers report their staff in one channel has access to information from the others.
— Forrester Research Inc.

Outdoor Assistant

Never got your Girl Scout navigator badge? The waterproof Nuvi 550 will rescue you with its road and topographical maps, water maps, compass page, restaurant guide, directions and list of scenic spots of interest on Route 66. Tap the screen to instantly see your exact location. Available this quarter for $500.

Higher Power
Colored like the sunrise, the Solio Hybrid 1000 transfers juice from the wall or the sky to most electronic devices. One hour of sunshine nets 15 minutes of talk or 40 minutes of music, and the Solio’s lithium battery can store power for as long as a year. Retails for $80.

Personal Information
NEC’s Digital Signage Solution, on exhibit in Tokyo through the end of August, includes a flat-screen monitor and a camera. The system uses face recognition to size up the shopper’s age and gender, then displays relevant ads and product information on the screen.

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