Foursquare Introduces Minority Report-Like Analytics

Imagine walking into an establishment and being recognized by a digital system the moment you walk in the store. It’s a scene taken directly from Minority Report, but such ideas are not that far fetched considering some of the latest tools. For example, Foursquare in introducing new tools today that enable businesses to keep track of the people who have visited their establishment.

The tool, which was first published by the New York Times Bits blog, provides store owners with access to information about the people who attended their store, when they checked in, the frequency of attendance, and the most popular times of day. Right now, Foursquare users optionally check in to every store they visit, however it’s not that detached from the Minority Report scene (embedded below) in which Tom Cruise walks into the gap and is immediately recognized by a digital concierge.