Wouldn’t you love it if you could walk into a store and have your phone automatically alert you of any deals and coupons going on within, as well as giving you the ability to earn reward points just for stopping by? That’s what Best Buy’s looking to bring with their Shopkick application. The new technology (which will be accompanied by an Android app sometime soon) will be tested in 257 of its US stores.
The application will be able to detect a “shopkick signal” (an inaudible sound that your phone will be able to detect so no GPS or WiFi is required) and will buzz you if there are any sales to take advantage of or if there are any opportunities to earn “kickbucks” which you can redeem for Best Buy gift certificates. Pretty cool concept, but there’s no word when Best Buy will throw this into full swing (their current goal is 70 stores by October 1st). We’ll keep an eye out for any more details down the line.