Planet CNET: New ways to shop for mates and tuna fish
>> Hello, technology fans. My name is Rory Reed and you are
watching Planet CNET, the show where the finest CNET editors
from around the globe smack you upside the head with the latest
in gadget porn. But don't worry, this type is actually safe for
work. First up we're going to head over to the Commonwealth of
Australia to give it its proper name where Ella Morton has found
some tech that is helping geeks to get it on.
>> Technology has been helping geeks hook up since the days of
ASL on IRC but now from Australia comes Meet Me. The world's
first dating service to introduce people by a 3G video call.
[ Music ]
So how does Meet Me unite photogenic singles in front of famous
Sydney landmarks? We'll let their instructional video explain.
>> They tell Meet Me who they are, what person they'd like to
meet and what they want out of their relationship. When a match
has been found, Meet Me shows them a picture to which they can
reply with a yes or a no. If it's a mutual match, Meet Me puts
the two in contact without revealing any of their details not
even their mobile number.
>> In the online dating industry there are, you know, heaps of
choices, that makes it hard to pick someone, it makes it hard to
choose one person who can be good for you because you're sort of
thinking maybe there's someone better out there but with this
Meet Me service you only get those who actually suits you.
>> The introduction calls are two minutes long, why two
minutes, why not say one minute or five minutes?
>> We feel that two minutes gives you enough time to determine
whether or not you actually like someone enough to take it
further but it's not so long that you actually get stuck on a
call with someone that you're not clicking with. It's a better
base for actually finding true love.
>> Sounds very promising. But how does it work for real
[ Dialing a phone, phone ringing ]
>> So tell me, what are you into?
>> Well, obviously at the moment it's all about world of
warcraft, I mean, [inaudible] you know, crazy so, this weekend I
was just going to, you know, spend some time in Northrens,
[beep] just keep questing, you know, grinding, try to level up
to 80. Hello? Hello?
>> I'm Ella Morton for Planet CNET.
>> Gorgeous, intelligent, kind, sweet, witty, but enough about
me, thanks for that report, Ella. And good luck finding a
boyfriend. Call me. My next stop on this world tour is
Singapore where John Chan [phonetic] reckons he's found an
intelligent shopping trolley.
>> If you're anything like me you spend half your time in
supermarkets looking for stuff before giving up and asking
someone. Even though I may not know where I am this shopping
trolley does. We're at the latest branch of Singapore
supermarket chain, Marketplace, at One North Palace and this
future cart is tracking my every movement. Installed in
everyone of these carts is an RFID reader, the supermarket is
divided into zones using these tags and the cart will know which
zone you're at. So, depending on your location the screen here
will show different advertisements. For example, we're here at
the ice cream section now and you can see the screen is trying
to make me buy this brand. Of course, it will be a big waste if
something like that is used solely for advertising, because it's
in its infancy that's all this RFID card does now. But in the
future, it will be able to do more.
>> With future cart you can input your shopping list onto your
PC and then using a loyalty card or thumbdrive download it onto
the future cart screen, so you're shopping list is now on the
screen in front of you and the future cart screen will tell you
you need onions, you need garlic, you need to find paprika. So,
you press on the touchscreen paprika and there comes a little
map or a little diagram telling you exactly how you get to aisle
four and where the paprika is located.
>> Imagine that, your shopping cart telling you where you are
on a map. It will be as if you are in a video game, except the
other shoppers aren't trying to put bullets through you. And
instead of having to check off every item individually, this
cart may one day be able to check every item you put into it so
you can just walk off after shopping. This is the future of
grocery shopping and hopefully we'll see its full implementation
in more supermarkets soon. I'm John Chan, checking out from
>> Thank you, John, impressive stuff but I don't need to know
what aisle paprika is in. I don't even know what a paprika is.
In fact, forget RFID tags and touchscreens, all I want is a
trolley I can actually push in a straight line. Get your clever
scientists working on that, dammit. All right. My final stop
on planet CNET takes me to the good old U.S. of A., where Cara
Suboy [phonetic] is about to join the mile-high Internet Club.
[ Background noise ]
>> Hey there, I'm Cara Suboy, CNET.com and I am about to board
a Virgin America flight with my laptop to actually surf the web
online. This is the first time they're giving -- giving this
technology a go. We're basically just going to circle the San
Francisco Bay area. I'm thinking I'm going to maybe shop for a
new pair of shoes, read the newspaper, maybe even watch a
football game that's going on this beautiful Saturday. Let's go
find our seat and test it out.
[ Music ]
I'm here with David Cush, the CEO of Virgin America, and we are
-- have just been given the go ahead to try out this new wifi.
How excited are you right now?
>> I'm very excited, you know, this is really going to change
the way people travel, in the past you've been locked in this
cocoon away from everyone and now the great thing is you'll be
able to communicate with people when you want to. For the first
20 or 30 minutes it will be e-mail so they can act like they
were working and then for the next five hours it will be
whatever they do at home in their living room or in their study.
>> Hi, Tina.
>> Yes, I am in the air.
>> We're actually flying along the coast here. We're within a
series of cell towers on the ground just like when you're
driving around in your car and the signal from those cell towers
is coming up to the airplane. Inside the airplane we have a
good old wifi hot spot, just like you'd have on the ground.
>> Okay. Got my code let's figure out how this works.
>> Hey look at this, where can I get the CNETTV?
>> I know that girl. I'm not really sure what my favorite part
of all this is yet, I sort have been enjoying the shoe shopping,
truly. I also like the fact that I'm able to catch the football
game that I missed because I had to get myself to the airport
and then, of course, there is the e-mailing. I'm in my g-mail
account right now and I have so many e-mails to catch up on. On
a long six-hour flight, there's no better time.
>> Check it out. Wait, wait, for it to load.
>> It's not super, super fast but it's pretty good, I mean, you
were able to look at a streaming video, you were loading
graphics, intensive, a lot of heavy size pictures. It worked
pretty well. And you can e-mail, you can text, you can IM and
you can do anything that keeps you in some form of
>> The flight is over and we made it. Virgin America says they
expect to have this gogo service in all of their planes by about
the middle of 2009 but it doesn't come cheap. For a flight
that's three hours or more, $12.95, three hours or under, $9.95.
But, hey, small price to pay to do some online shopping at 35000
feet. At the San Francisco Airport, Cara Suboy, CNET.com.
>> I like it, you Americans have got it pretty good. Never
mind wifi some of the budget airlines I've been on won't even
let you onboard unless you've got exact change.
>> That's enough for this week. Don't forget to tune in for
our Christmas special coming up in the very near future. I'm
Rory Reed thanks for watching.
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