We're in 2012. This is the digital age, right? Some things have changed for the better, while others have yet to be worked on.
I'm making this post, hopefully the first in a series, to share my thoughts and experiences on how I can use mobile technology in my life.
Many people around here know about the PETs from the Mega Man Battle Network series, and how the characters in the games, anime and manga appear to be able to use these versatile devices to do about anything that involves computers or the Internet, from ID card scanning, gaming and remote access. Real life isn't that easy or convenient, but some parallels can be made!
First up: the Cineplex Mobile App
The Cineplex mobile app, designed for smartphones, is used by moviegoers attending all theatres owned by Cineplex Entertainment in Canada. I've used it a few times now, and it represents the first time where I really feel like a mobile version of a specific software is superior to any other computer access available.
The app, as you can guess, can be used to browse through the various movies available at local theatres. I can view show times, descriptions, movie duration and all the information I'd come to expect. Once I've chosen a movie to see, I can purchase my tickets right from the app. No switching to a "normal" computer required, or waiting on site to do the purchase!
The really nice part comes afterwards: once the purchase is done, a virtual ticket is provided with a code and a barcode displayed on your screen (example below). No printing is required at all. With that in hand, I head to the theatre, find one of the standalone units dedicated to ticket holders, show this barcode to the scanner, and it will automatically print the real ticket to show to the attendant! Those printers are used only for that function, and it all happens quickly, so there's no lineup to be expected. I can show up a few minutes before the movie only! If someone happens to use phone with a smaller screen that doesn't display the barcode clearly enough to be picked up, inputting the alphanumeric alternative provided will do the trick.
It works extremely well, so I can decide at the last minute to get a ticket as I leave work, show up at the theatre, scan the barcode, get the real ticket, and go enjoy my movie. No fuss, no muss.
Even more interesting is the fact that the rewards program offered by Cineplex, called Scene, is integrated within the app. If I've earned enough points, I can use them straight from my phone to get a free ticket, making payment even simpler. Participants usually get a physical Scene card to show at the food station to get 10% off popcorn, soda and other things. If one happens to have the app, and at some point linked it to his Scene account, he can tap a button and get it to display a barcode representing his rewards card. Show that to the cashier, and he'll be able to scan it so that any rebates or points are earned!
What does this all boil down to? The app allows me to do everything, from purchasing tickets to earning rewards, directly from it. It doesn't need a constant Internet access, so people without a data plan can use it properly once their actual ticket purchase is done. The barcodes for ticket fetching and Scene rewards mean that I don't need to find the plastic card in my wallet. It's hard to make things easier than that, and I seriously like the convenience it all offers.
This is what I expect from mobile apps. Easy to use, fully featured, and they actually provide something more than a typical website on a computer screen can hope to offer. I'm hoping to find more uses for my phone like this in the future, so that the device can live to its full potential!
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