Virtual world method for optimizing positions of a refrigerator's contents
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-30
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Manufacturers are looking for better ways to demonstrate the capabilities and advantages of their products to increase product sales. For example, the storage design and capacity of household refrigerators are a major consideration for consumers making a purchase decision. But a problem for consumers is understanding how the typical food items they keep would best fit into a new refrigerator. Known solutions are limited to a manufacturer stating their storage volume but this falls short in demonstrating where particular items might best fit and it also does little to help the consumer understand best locations in the refrigerator based on the unique cooling dynamics of a storage product (and various settings, etc.) and the needs of each food product. Virtual worlds can provide enhanced visualization and thus marketing possibilities in such a product.
Virtual world method for optimizing positions of a refrigerator 's contents
In a VW environment, customers could create a list of the food items they typically kept in their refrigerator. This could be done via a presented list from which they select the items or the customer could create an inventory of their current refrigerator contents by using a bar code scanner. This bar code list would then be uploaded to the VW site demoing the refrigerator.
The tool would then compute the best storage positions with in the refrigerator based on the size of the item as well as that item's optimal refrigeration needs. A VW visualization of the suggested optimized layout of the food item positions would then be created and presented to the shopper. (See Fig A and B below.)
Figure A Figure B Additional consumer applications include the option for the tool to link to a users loyalty card:
Based on their shopping list the tool could advice the user on the best layout to accommodate their recent purchases.
If a consumer is able to tag each item in their refrigerator the tool could suggest items be moved forward to encourage use before expiration dates.
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