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Top 100 Tech Ideas in March

From Transactional Smart Mirrors to Autonomous Retail Robots

— April 1, 2017 — Tech
From smart mirrors that allow customers to make in-store purchases to autonomous customer service robots, it is clear that new technology is dramatically altering the face of retail.

On the one hand, smart technology is making it easier than ever for consumers to pay for their purchases in stores. For example, the new retail mirrors from Oak Labs allow customers to make instant purchases via Apple Pay or Android Pay simply by waving their phone.

On the other hand, the March 2017 tech trends reveal that technology is also being used to improve the overall in-store experience. For instance, the home improvement brand Lowe's has created its very own LoweBot to help shoppers navigate the store, find specific items and answer other basic questions. A very different use of retail technology is exemplified by the new WAH London flagship, which includes a VR area where customers can test out different nail art designs and customize their color.
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Protective Extension Cords
Protective Extension Cords
The 'Rolling Snake G1' Extension Cable Reel Stores and Protects Cables
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99
Free-Range Presentation Remotes
Free-Range Presentation Remotes
The Logitech 'Spotlight' Simplifies the Presentation Process
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98
Photorealistic Face Editors
Photorealistic Face Editors
FaceApp Uses Neural Networks to Adjust Facial Expressions in Images
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97
Inexpensive Smart Device Trackers
Inexpensive Smart Device Trackers
The 'Xupo' Advanced Smart Tracker Helps Users Find Lost Items
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96
Flexible On-Demand Food Apps
Flexible On-Demand Food Apps
foodora Has Launched a Pick-Up Service to Better Serve Canadians
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95
AI-Designed Dresses
AI-Designed Dresses
'Coded Couture' by Ivyrevel Incorporates Data Analysis to Tailor Dresses
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94
Hexacopter Videography Drones
Hexacopter Videography Drones
The Ehang 'Skyway' Hexacopter Drone Offers Enhanced Maneuverability
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93
Directional Smart Lights
Directional Smart Lights
The Orb by Shade Gives Consumers Unprecedented Control Over Lighting
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92
Circuit-Protected Power Bars
Circuit-Protected Power Bars
The iClever 'BoostStrip' Surge Protector Power Strip is Efficient
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91
Line-Free Amusement Parks
Line-Free Amusement Parks
The TapuTapu Wearable Will Make Universal's Volcano Bay More Efficient
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90
Consumer Robotic Arms
Consumer Robotic Arms
The uArm Swift has a Simple, Programmable Interface
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89
Social Building Toy Apps
Social Building Toy Apps
The LEGO Life App Offers Projects, Customization and More
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88
Escape Tool Car Chargers
Escape Tool Car Chargers
The Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Adapter Breaks Windows and Cuts Seat Belts
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87
VR Civil War Films
VR Civil War Films
PBS 'My Brother's Keeper' Brings New Techniques to Virtual Reality Filmmaking
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86
Healthy Smartphone-Connected Fryers
Healthy Smartphone-Connected Fryers
The Gourmia WiFi Air Fryers Cook a Variety of Different Dishes
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Versatile 3D Printing Devices
Versatile 3D Printing Devices
The FLUX Delta+ Offers a Host of Features
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84
Understated Solar Roofing
Understated Solar Roofing
BIPVCo's Solar Roofing is Designed to Look Sleek and Sophisticated
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83
Inexpensive Open-Source Laptops
Inexpensive Open-Source Laptops
The Olimex 'Teres I' Laptop Kit is an Affordable DIY System
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82
Tough LED Torches
Tough LED Torches
The SLUGHAUS Bullet 02 is Billed as the World's Smallest Flashlight
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81
Multicolor Marble Headphones
Multicolor Marble Headphones
The Casetify Marble Earbuds with Microphone are Noise-Cancelling
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Charging Controller Earphones Cases
Charging Controller Earphones Cases
The 'AK G-12' Case Charges Earbuds and Controls Playback
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Ultra-Curated Fashion Stores
Ultra-Curated Fashion Stores
'Reformation' Uses Automation for a Custom Shopping Experience
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Origami-Inspired Space Radiators
Origami-Inspired Space Radiators
This Shape-Shifting Radiator Design Uses Folded Paper Techniques
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Retractable Prong Plugs
Retractable Prong Plugs
The 'Safeplug' Plug Cord Design is Quick and Safe to Remote from Sockets
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Ultraviolet Smartphone Cameras
Ultraviolet Smartphone Cameras
The Nurugo SmartUV Camera Shows Light in the Ultraviolet Spectrum
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Coffee-Based Construction Materials
Coffee-Based Construction Materials
Scientists are Now Using Spent Coffee Grounds to Make Cement
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Organizing Device Card Wallets
Organizing Device Card Wallets
The 'CardGear' Organizer Wallet Stores microSD and SIM Cards
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Three-in-One Photography Mounts
Three-in-One Photography Mounts
The 'PicaPod' Camera Tripod Mount is Also a Gimbal and a Mic Mount
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Modular Heating Devices
Modular Heating Devices
The 'HEAT-O' Wearable Heating Systems Provides Soothing Heat in the Winter
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Navigational Shoe Inserts
Navigational Shoe Inserts
These Lechal Vibrating Navigation Shoes Insoles Offer Haptic Feedback
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Affordable Electric Skateboards
Affordable Electric Skateboards
The 'NUFF' Electric Motor Skateboard is for Beginners or Experts
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Timber-Framed Solar Canopies
Timber-Framed Solar Canopies
SunCommon's New Solar Canopy is Both Functional and Beautiful
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68
PC Screen Smartphone Mounts
PC Screen Smartphone Mounts
The Smartphone Tablet Monitor Attachment Mount Increases Efficiency
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Connected Lighting Controls
Connected Lighting Controls
The 'Brilliant' Smart Home Control Switch Offers Innovative Features
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66
Compact Leather Cord Carriers
Compact Leather Cord Carriers
The Kiko Leather Cord Wraps Deter Tangles and Prevent Damage
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Discreet Organizational Cable Boxes
Discreet Organizational Cable Boxes
The YAMAZAKI Web Cable Boxes Hide Cables in Plain Sight
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Traceable Artwork Projectors
Traceable Artwork Projectors
The 'FollowGrams' Trace and Draw Projector Helps Kids with Art Skills
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Multipurpose Amusement Park Wearables
Multipurpose Amusement Park Wearables
Disney MagicBands Let Guests Travel with Less
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Smartphone Walkie Talkie Attachments
Smartphone Walkie Talkie Attachments
The 'LINC' Smartphone Walkie Talkie Radios Offer a Backup
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Artificially Intelligent Fashion Photographers
Artificially Intelligent Fashion Photographers
StyleShoots Live is a Robotic Camera System
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Battery-Free Solar Chargers
Battery-Free Solar Chargers
The 'PocketPower' Solar Device Charger is Ready for Use Anywhere
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Illuminating Concert Wearables
Illuminating Concert Wearables
The Hurdl Pixl Turns Concert Crowds into Their Own Light Show
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Alternative Smartphone Earbuds
Alternative Smartphone Earbuds
The BeatsX Earphones are Another Option for the New iPhone 7
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Vision-Restoring Visors
Vision-Restoring Visors
The eSight 3 Improves Vision for the Legally Blind
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Chic Wearable Gadget Headphones
Chic Wearable Gadget Headphones
The Ashley Chloe 'HELIX CUFF' is Worn on the Wrist When Not Used
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NFC-Compatible Smartphone Cases
NFC-Compatible Smartphone Cases
The Native Union 'CLIC' Card Leather Wallet Case is Compact
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Visual Assistance Wearables
Visual Assistance Wearables
The 'Nomad' Wearable Technology Device Guides the Visually Impaired
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Conceptual Screenless Smartphones
Conceptual Screenless Smartphones
'Alo' is a Future Smartphone Concept Has a Vocalized Interface
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Temperature-Controlled Mattresses
Temperature-Controlled Mattresses
The CoolControl Mattress Offers Dual-Sided Heat Controls
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Autonomous Retail Robots
Autonomous Retail Robots
Lowe's 'LoweBot' is an Automated Retail Service Tool
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VR Shaving Simulators
VR Shaving Simulators
Gillette's In-Store Experience Takes People on a VR Roller Coaster Ride
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Aesthetically Modern Technology Products
Aesthetically Modern Technology Products
These Harmon Kardon Devices are Useful and Stylish
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Collapsible Folding Drones
Collapsible Folding Drones
The 'DRNE' Mini Quadcopter Drone Features a Folding Aesthetic
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Digital Kinetic Artwork Clocks
Digital Kinetic Artwork Clocks
The 'Tempus' Digital LED Clock Has an Artistic and Useful Design
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Cardboard Delivery Drones
Cardboard Delivery Drones
DARPA's ASPARA Systems Make One-Way Trips
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Alarm Clock Rugs
Alarm Clock Rugs
'Ruggie' Requires People to Get Out of Bed to Turn Its Loud Sounds Off
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Printed Solar Cells
Printed Solar Cells
Solafast and Norwood are Teaming Up to Print Solar Inks on to Plastic Film
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Eyewear-Printing Systems
Eyewear-Printing Systems
'Yuniku' Introduces a System for Creating Customized Eyewear Frames
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Wireless Induction Cooktops
Wireless Induction Cooktops
The 'B’CHEF' Induction Hot Plate Allows for Movement During Cooking
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Visually Impaired Door Handles
Visually Impaired Door Handles
The Swing Door Lock is Turned to Unlock for Easier Utilization
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360-Degree Helmet Cameras
360-Degree Helmet Cameras
The 'Real720Helmet' Helmet Cam is Omnidirectional to Capture Everything
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Illusionary Minimalist Record Players
Illusionary Minimalist Record Players
The Miniot 'Wheel' Vinyl Record Player Has a Chic Aesthetic
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Connected Travel Luggage
Connected Travel Luggage
The 'Ready' Smart Carry-On Baggage Has a Scale, Charger and More
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AR Aquarium Toys
AR Aquarium Toys
Pai Technology's 'Ocean Pets' is a Unique Virtual Aquarium for Kids
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Tough Ladder Stabilizers
Tough Ladder Stabilizers
The LadderAnchor Keeps People Safe When Climbing Ladders Alone
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Premium Luxury Hair Dryers
Premium Luxury Hair Dryers
This Professional Hair Dryer is Inspired by High-End Technology Design
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VR Supercar Systems
VR Supercar Systems
This Mercedes Driving Simulation Puts Users Behind the Wheel of a Race Car
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Lyric-Transmitting Beer Cups
Lyric-Transmitting Beer Cups
The Brahma Valley Music Festival Featured Helpful 'Copokê' Glasses
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Location-Tracking Child Wearables
Location-Tracking Child Wearables
The 'Jiobit' Bluetooth GPS Tracker Keeps an Eye on Location
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Charging Photography Smartphone Cases
Charging Photography Smartphone Cases
The 'Moment' Battery Photo Case is for the iPhone 7
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VR Language-Learning Apps
VR Language-Learning Apps
Mondly Uses Immersion to Teach Users New Languages
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Mechanical Typewriter PC Keyboards
Mechanical Typewriter PC Keyboards
The Adesso AKB-636 Keyboard is Inspired by Typewriter Keyboards
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Analog Viewfinder Cameras
Analog Viewfinder Cameras
The 'LUCID' Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera is Simplistic
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Designer Home Dehumidifiers
Designer Home Dehumidifiers
The Braun 'A-Fresh' Dehumidifier Can be Wall-Mounted or Laid Flat
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High-End Natural Sound Speakers
High-End Natural Sound Speakers
The Totaldac d150 Loudspeaker Design is Modern and Efficient
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VR Driverless Race Cars
VR Driverless Race Cars
The Volkswagen 300 Concept Race Car is Controlled via a VR Headset
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At-Home Vacuum Forming Machines
At-Home Vacuum Forming Machines
The 'Vaquform' is a Compact Option That's Affordably Priced
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Smartphone Quick Charge Cubes
Smartphone Quick Charge Cubes
This iPhone Charge USB Cable Optimizes Charging Capabilities
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Danger-Detecting Dash Cams
Danger-Detecting Dash Cams
The 'Dride' Auto Dash Cam Records Drives and Warns of Problems
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Multi-Terrain Drone Toys
Multi-Terrain Drone Toys
The Rover Land and Sea Amphibious RC Car is Ruggedly Designed
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Speedy Low-Voltage Supercars
Speedy Low-Voltage Supercars
The Quant '48Volt' Electric Sport Car Has a Top Speed of 300 km/h
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PC Gamer Lap Desks
PC Gamer Lap Desks
The 'Hover X' Ultimate Gamer's Lap Desk is Extremely Functional
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Unisex Laptop Handbags
Unisex Laptop Handbags
This Laptop Bag Carries a MacBook Pro in a Fashionable Manner
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Augmented Reality Gym Classes
Augmented Reality Gym Classes
The SAGA Interactive Gym is Being Used in Quebec Schools
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High-Tech Roller Skates
High-Tech Roller Skates
The Volkswagen Roller Urban Mobility Device Increases Movement
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Detachable Wallet Smartphone Covers
Detachable Wallet Smartphone Covers
The Tech21 Evo Wallet Active Edition for iPhone 7 is Ergonomic
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Smart Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes
Smart Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes
The 'Litter-Robot III' Litter Box Cleans Itself After Every Use
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3-in-1 Portable Workstations
3-in-1 Portable Workstations
The 'SatchelBord' Quickly Transforms from a Bag Into a Chair or Desk
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Virtual Reality Arcades
Virtual Reality Arcades
'Ctrl V' Uses Virtual Reality Technology for a New Kind of Arcade
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Flying Rideshare Drones
Flying Rideshare Drones
The 'Sky2Go' Passenger Drones Avoid Traffic and Cut Commute Times
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Automated Meal Appliances
Automated Meal Appliances
The 'Tree of Life' Refrigerator Cooker Prepares Whatever Meal You Desire
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Educational Aquatic Boats
Educational Aquatic Boats
The 'Aeon Explorer' Surface Vessel Offers Stunning Views Below the Waves
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Phone-Charging Bracelets
Phone-Charging Bracelets
Rebecca Minkoff's Lightning Cable Bracelet is a Stylish Portable Charger
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Virtual Reality Nail Salons
Virtual Reality Nail Salons
WAH London's New Flagship Incorporates Tech into Its Business Model
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Ergonomic Gaming Chairs
Ergonomic Gaming Chairs
'Buddy the Game Chair' Puts a Player in the Optimal Sitting Position
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Transactional Smart Mirrors
Transactional Smart Mirrors
Oak Labs' Retail Mirrors Can Be Used to View and Pay for Products
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Health-Focused IOT Desks
Health-Focused IOT Desks
This Office Work Desk Lets You Know When to Sit and When to Stand
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Soap-Free Dishwashers
Soap-Free Dishwashers
The 'Vapure' Steam Washer Cleans Dishes with Steam Instead of Water and Soap
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Floating Magnetic Timepieces
Floating Magnetic Timepieces
The Flyte Story Uses Magnetic Levitation to Depict Time
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Professional PC Gaming Desks
Professional PC Gaming Desks
The BenQ ZONE eSports Game Desk is for Hardcore Gamers
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