We don’t like seeing the demise of high street commerce at the expense of e-commerce. Physical locations are busy repurposing and reinventing themselves to provide better and immersive experiences to consumers. We truly believe that retail bricks-and-mortar establishments will be unrecognizable in 5-10 years time.
They will be compelling places to visit and experience. They will not track me, not know who I am, yet allow me to pay using facial recognition. Merchants and brands will be able to provide meaningful and tactile interaction with products that you cannot experience in the ether.
HelloThing’s goal is to give physical places their own sense of Sight, Hearing and Smell that owners can use to create better experiences for their customers. We have have already covered Sight with our Computer Vision solution. We are determined to integrate all three senses into a single, affordable device that any sized location can use.
Our goal is to combine Sight, Acoustics and Digital Olfaction into a single platform on a democratized basis. The digital detection of odors, and the digital transmission and re-creation of smells could potentially revolutionize a range of industries, from fragrances and food to the environmental and health care sectors.
CONNECTING PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS HAS BEEN IN OUR DNA FOR 10 YEARS AND WE ARE DETERMINED TO HELP THE HIGH STREET REALIZE THIS VISION.
Founder Fastcomm Ltd
Advisor to the Mandela Cabinet in 1995 – technology in government
Previously held senior executive positions at Sprint, MCI, UUNET
Founder of the Bright Group, focusing on private equity and venture capital. Co-founder of the Bright Foundation. Frank serves on many boards and is currently chairman of Strauss & Co.
Stephan Du Plessis
Results-driven Marketing Executive, with a passion for experience-led digital transformation and innovation
Morne De Bruine
Solution architect and software development head. Development of Enterprise Telecommunication and Mobile solutions; Network Management Design and Implementation
Experienced executive in Retail, QSR and Lighting sectors
Experienced executive responsible for all group development
Experienced executive in Retail, Food & Beverage, IoT