Thanks to smart technology, the face of the routine weekly grocery shop may be rather different in the future.
What do you think about being followed by your trolley around a store as you grab your weekly essentials?
It’s a far cry from worn-out plastic versions or those with wheels that persist in twisting and making a shopping trip more like a work-out.
This high-tech version features XBox360 Kinect sensors from Microsoft. According to Wired, the ‘Smarter Cart’ is equipped with a Windows 8 tablet attached to its handlebars and a UPC scanner, as well as containing voice capabilities to interact with the shopper.
U.S-based Whole Foods is currently conducting a trial run of the tech trolleys, and the project is the brainchild of Austin-based company Chaotic Moon.
Through the XBox 360 Kinect technology, this prototype can track your movements and follow you through a supermarket, and also can scan your items in order to tick them off your list — perhaps forgetting the one item you needed for tonight’s dinner will end up as a thing of the past.
If the children slip in a few bags of cookies and it’s not on that list, you’ll know — as the trolley will send out a warning.
As shown in the video above, if you’re having trouble finding a particular item, then the trolley can also act as a guide. The video shows a customer picking up an item containing gluten, when he specified gluten-free. As a result, the smart trolley is able to then advise and guide the customer towards the item they actually require.
When you have completed your shopping, a combination of a loyalty card system and the sensor technology allows you to avoid the queues and check-out immediately. The trolley ‘know’ what you have put in, and your details can be stored ahead of time in order to pay.
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