File photo An employee prepares the check-out area at a Walmart Super Center prior to the opening in Compton, California, USA, Jan. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)
The ways in which we choose to shop expand. It used to be the case, we traveled to a shop and bought things, then the Internet came along and we started with buying online. The newest way to shop is to use your voice and a smart speaker such as Echo or Google Homepage , but what comes next? The most likely candidates are augmented reality and virtual reality, and Walmart just decided to make a backup VR.
As Recode reports, Walmart has acquired the virtual reality startup Spatialand. There is little known about Spatialand outside of the fact that it specializes in the creation of software tools to the content to be converted into VR experiences. Clearly, Walmart wants that expertise to work to transform the retail experience for viewing in a virtual world.
Walmart has worked with Spatialand for. Last year, the company was involved in Walmart Store No. 8 innovation hub on a project. Whatever it was, under the impression of Walmart to entice a purchase. But, what exactly are Spatialand founder Kim Cooper and 10 employees are going to be working?
As you might expect, Walmart is not to say. However, Katie Finnegan, who oversees Store No. 8, has stated that the experience in retail work will not be seen for at least five years and maybe not for another decade. So while VR shopping may seem like a strange choice now, due to the cost of headsets and ancillary hardware, through 2028 can be as cheap and easily available as the smartphones of today.
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The good news is, we don’t have to wait until next decade to find out what Spatialand works, Finnegan also said that we should expect a reveal in 12-18 months.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.