Looking for a last minute gift idea - how about a whole shop full of them.
Situ Live- Is this the future of shopping?
Situ Live at Westfield in London is a new concept. It is not designed to be a shop but an experience. Fashion shops started this trend by offering personal shoppers and prosecco in store to tempt people and make shopping fun again.
Situ Live has transport methods including Perry hopper ebike, e-scooters and a very stylish Maserati in the window. Motorola phones and Lenovo folding tablet.
However, unlike in a shop they actually want you to touch and play with the products. You don’t just look at the speakers in the lounge set up, you can hear them, you can ask to hear your favourite track. If you want to see the mood lighting by Lutron then you get handed the controllers so you can adjust this to your preference.
Then on to the bedroom where currently there is a zero gravity bed, an Epson projector which for an incredibly short distance is putting a huge display on the wall. A Lumie light for those who struggle to wake up. A B &O speaker that you could hide on your bookcase and lots more.
Then past a play area with the Occulus VR headset for the adults and some seating and children’s toys including Yoto player and Osmo genius pack for ipad . No guessing if your children like a game let them play and see how engaged they are Then if you are into gaming machines this currently has a display of Lenovo’s gaming brand, again these are not in demo more you can play and see if you actually like them.
Then into the kitchen which is full of Bosch products including refrigeration, dishwashers, stand mixers they can demonstrate. Then a Sage coffee machine that is designed to make the user into a barrister…help your self- make a cup of coffee. It is so refreshing- you don’t guess if you like something you can find out. If you are into recycling what about Sage’s dehydrator to turn your food waste into compost. There are planned to be regular demonstrations in the kitchen area too.
Then onto the gym area which is currently displaying Nordic track products. The treadmill featuring ifit allows you to enjoy workouts around the world on a huge screen. That’s one way to liven up your workout or you can even set up a google route. So plug in the London Marathon and start your training on a treadmill. Plan your trip across the Atlantic and start your rowing practice here.
Carrying on further round and you are looking at a possible set up for your home office which given many first are looking at hybrid arrangements. A standard desk and sit/stand desk that is better for your health that rises and falls on a simple touch of a button. So why keep working at the dining table- you deserve better. Lenovo are sponsoring this with their range of laptops and screens for work.
Then finally an eye-catching Maserati with gull wing doors and again feel free to touch imagine your self driving this car.
Situ Live plan to spread this experience to regional centres and then to go international however they plan to make the experience match the local area’s particular interests. The staff are not on commission, and they are trained to show you the items work and could co- ordinate in your home. You can click on the QR codes that are placed all around the experience and add the items to your shopping basket. You can compare items and place an order directly with the manufacturer so you would get all the usual warranties.
Just think you go out shopping you can actually see and try the products, buy them but you don’t have to lug the heavy TV home. You can go out to dinner and wait for it to be delivered.
So head to Westfield and try out SituLive on the first floor. See if you can get past your instinctive ‘don’t touch’ that you have been trained in since you were a child and touch everything!
Overall this is a fabulous place to work out that last minute gift and definite winner of our TrulyFascinating Award