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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 11:00am - 11:20am
Speedy Shopper

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Almost everyone has struggled to find a specific item even in stores they feel comfortable with. What’s worse is attempting to shop in a store the consumer is unfamiliar with. This can prevent them from trying new and better stores due to intimidation, the amount of work needed, or a lack of time to learn the layout of the store. Our android application solves these problems by providing a straightforward way to navigate stores confidently, no matter what level of familiarity you have with them. It is fast, easy to use, and intuitive while also allowing the consumer to update it with any changes to their current store, or even create a way to navigate new ones by manually inputting store dimensions and item locations. Once this basic information is collected, the application accepts a shopping list and creates a downloadable image file detailing the fastest route from the entrance to the exit of the store while confidently navigating the store and collecting each item on the list. Once the map has been created the information file can be downloaded and used by any person with the application on their phone. The speedy shopper accomplishes this by creating nodes placed at a stores intersection and the locations of items on a customer’s shopping list. Our application calculates the shortest distance for each possible combination of shopping list item nodes before choosing the combination which results in the smallest space traveled. In this presentation we will go into greater detail on the functionality of the application as well as a live demo using an Asheville based retail store as an example.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am
125 Rhoades Robinson Hall