Shopping with Map3D

By now most everyone has heard about AutoCAD for Mac. The AutoCAD built to run on the Apple computer. There’s promise of apps that will run on the I-Pad and I-Pod Touch coming out soon. So how about taking it a step farther. OK we all want to Run AutoCAD MAP3D on a I-Pad or something we can take out to the field and do field checks, updates and/or edit our maps. BUT in my wisdom of thinking of where my next pay check may come from and looking at being a door greeter at the one of the super centers here in town why not tie my passion for MAP3D into that as well.

Now hear me out a bit before you all think the Murph has gone off his rocker. How many times have you walked into one of those super giant stores only to get lost looking for that one item and end up buying nothing? Yes you did, admitted it you got all frustrated and walked away.

So here’s the plan. How about on each of those shopping carts is a trimmed down I-Pad or a I-Pod Touch with a SD card reader, USB port or whatever Apple uses that allows you to upload your shopping list and the app creates a map of the store with the locations of those items on the screen. OK real men don’t use shopping list other than at the lumber stores or car parts places. That is where the app allows the real men to type or pick from a pull down list the item(s) they need to buy and maps it on the screen for them. Now most of us have seen those terminals in stores that people enter their list in for bridal registry or birthdays and such that allows shoppers to see the items, price and location that your friend register for. This would be an extension to that. Only on the shopping cart and created once when you start shopping.

So how about it? I bet we could even get the gear head mechanical guys or Inventor folks to create some robotics to drive the shopping cart for us.  

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4 Responses to “Shopping with Map3D”


  1. 1 Warren Medernach 09/02/2010 at 8:13 AM

    That’s a GREAT idea Murph!!! and no, I’m not admitting to anything… ;-)

  2. 2 map3d 09/02/2010 at 7:02 AM

    The stores can take advance of it, by pointing you to the product/brand that they make the most profit off. Example you needto buy a wiget, the store carries 3 brands. Brand A cost less than the others but he markup is lower than the others, while brand B is priced the same as brand C but the cost to the store is lower (markup is higher)the app would point out location of brand. The next part of it would be that brand C would offer a rebate to the store if it made it’s brand the top product to be returned by the app, using the same method used for the store plan-o-grams. (The way things are placed on the self)

  3. 3 MistressOfTheDorkness 09/02/2010 at 6:44 AM

    Ooooh, unfortunately, I think Whit may be onto something. The stores don’t want efficiency.

    Perhaps this could be a mobile thing? Carry it from store to store with maps preloaded from a neutral 3rd party?

    Oh, and, I don’t wander around stores… my DH emails me a shopping list, and it’s in the order the items are arranged from door to cash register. I’m willing to rent out his AR brain if you need to use it. ;-)

  4. 4 Whit McCormack 09/01/2010 at 7:41 PM

    Murph,

    I think you may be on to something there. You should see about marketing it before someone else does. The only thing I see wrong is from the store’s perspective….they want you wandering around the store in hopes that you will buy something you do not need!


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