iPhone Peripherals for Retailers
By David Dorf on Apr 16, 2010
I saw RedLaser on the latest "Shopper" iPhone commercial on TV. Works great for consumers, but retailers will be more interested in a true barcode reader from someone like Infinite Peripherals, which also comes with a magstripe reader. I previously mentioned the offerings from Square Verifone, and Mophie that allow swiping credit cards with an iPhone as well.
So what's next?
There's a decent list at WireLust that includes an IR dongle that turns your iPhone into a TV remote, armband monitors for use when exercising, and most recently a NFC/RFID reader. iCarte from Canadian firm Wireless Dynamics looks interesting. This device can be used for NFC payments and for reading RFID tags.
The Canon printer I just bought for home has an iPhone app that lets me send iPhone pictures directly to the printer for printing. In that same vein, seems like retailers could use bluetooth to print receipts on strategically placed printers on the floor.
I can't wait to see what they come up with for the iPad.