In a perfect world, whenever you strolled into a big box store or tiny boutique, a clerk would be waiting to help you find what you needed, and even walk you to the shelf.
And in a somewhat less utopian future, your employee ID badge would track not only when you showed up to work and when you split, but also which departments you visited throughout the day, how much time you spent talking (or shouting), and how much time you spent listening.
Sociometric Solutions, a Boston start-up on the verge of announcing its first major investment round, is marketing a device that could accelerate the arrival of both those scenarios. Sociometric’s “social sensing” badge, is worn on a lanyard around employees’ necks. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.