We did expect the reactions towards our Smart Wine Shelf to be a bit different in France, but what we experienced during the past week at “E-Commerce Paris” was quite a surprise. Actually we were a bit worried that in a country with such a traditional wine culture like France, we would face a very sceptical audience. Not only because our “red wine” doesn’t look like red wine…that was noticed and commented on many times… but mainly because we feared, the idea of being advised by a machine which wine to buy would not be appreciated. But far from it! In fact, the amount of positive feedback was overwhelming! We caught the attention of some retailers specialised in wine, and this really made our day: People with a vast knowledge of wine like our shelf! And so did the press, so if you understand some French you should read this article on JDN. “Hybris a ainsi fait venir les ingénieurs de ses Hybris Labs munichois, qui exposent un prototype pour rayons de supermarché. (…)”.
Besides the Smart Wine Shelf we also demonstrated our Beacon-Prototype and Google Glass. The curiosity surrounding Glass still is very present and most people are fascinated by it. Judged by the expressions on their faces when trying Glass, they seem to believe they’re wearing a piece of science fiction. We’re still not sure ourselves what the future of Google Glass will look like. There certainly are some cool things you can do with it. But we must admit that we had some problems with Glass this time. The device itself got extremely hot in a very short period of time. We had to stop all applications after every time we did a demonstration so it could cool down, and were constantly recharging it. But hey, it’s a prototype. These are the things we want to find out.
A big THANK YOU to our French colleagues for making us feel so welcome and especially for helping us to cross the language barrier a couple of times! We tried to give a demo of the wine shelf in French…once…and failed miserably. In order to keep the embarrassment to a minimum we cried for help and were promptly saved. Merci!
At this point I’d like to show a lovely photo of the Eiffel Tower at night, but we were told that it is not allowed to publish such photos due to copyright reasons. The artist who installed the lighting could sue us. So here’s the Louvre and Notre Dame instead…