No Shopping Willpower? Make Your Next Purchase an iBag

If you believe the stereotypes, there are no women who can resist shopping, particularly if it involves buying a new pair (or six) of shoes. I won’t get into the validity of that assumption, although I personally would rather be forced to use slow Internet for an entire day than spend that same day in a shopping mall. However, stereotypes do come from somewhere, so this is a gadget that perhaps could be of some value to those women.

First, let me point out that iBag is not in any way affiliated with an Apple product, it’s just cashing in on the trend of naming every new product to hit the market iSomething because we live in an iWorld where you can name an item iAnything and people will want to iBuy it. Moving on…

What iBag is could actually be helpful for those who are incapable of saying no to the shiny thing they saw in a store window. It makes use of an Arduino processor and a clock, as well as a GPS chip, some LED lights and some RFID modules to curb your spending habits. If you start to enter the “danger zone” (e.g. your favourite store), the bag will light up to alert you so you can mentally gird yourself against temptation. I’m me, however, and I have to think it could also drag you out of a daydream to point out the store is approaching when you might not have even noticed it, causing a reaction similar to that of Pavlov’s dogs, but I’m sure that won’t be the case for everyone.

If you ignore the warning, enter the store and make a purchase, the iBag will register that your wallet is being taken out and send an SMS message to a “responsible party” of your choosing…who presumably then will drop everything and come running to the rescue (I’m picturing that old rental car commercial with OJ Simpson here for some reason…look it up if you don’t remember it) and thwart your overspending habits. If you don’t have a responsible party you trust to do that for you, the bag can also be programmed to lock itself during “vulnerable spending times”.

Hey, now that I think about it, this makes sense. There’s a Steve Goodman song called “Vegematic” (another thing to look up if you aren’t familiar) which details what happens if you fall asleep watching late-night mail-order ads. If you had an iBag, you could program it to lock itself (with your wallet inside) during those hours when you might otherwise end up with a wide array of interesting yet useless items cluttering up your home.

No word yet on when this might be available, where, or for how much, but it’s something to keep an eye on. They’re also working on a version for men, because as I’m sure many, many women can tell you the one responsible for a great deal of overspending is not the female half of a couple. Check out the video for a brief explanation of how this whole thing works.


Source: Geekologie

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