Look! Ikea Mobile

Look! Ikea Mobile

Kelly
Feb 4, 2008

We spotted this kiosk on a recent trip to the Seattle IKEA, and immediately were curious as to what it offered. What we found was a cool use of technology that allows you to sync your mobile phone via text message and barcodes. But why would you want to do that?

What we had hoped for was a way to make a shopping list for the dreaded self-serve area, but we didn't find anything that cool. For now, it gives you access to several coupons and specials for the week and sends you regular updates via text message for deals and discounts. We didn't take advantage of any of the coupons offered, but we'd guess you have to show or scan your cell phone as you check out.

Has anyone else spied this at IKEA or is Seattle a test case? What are your experiences with it? We're hoping this technology could be expanded to help us get our shopping done a bit easier, but for now we'll take the 10% off or $5 off an Ektorp chair.

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