Whole Foods is testing a motorised grocery cart prototype that could be a real game-changer in consumer shopping, Geekwire.com reports.
Powered by Microsoft’s special Kinect sensor technology, the cart not only follows customers around the store while they browse, but also tracks their shopping list, scans everything in their basket and stores credit card information for easy checkout.
Tell it you’re on a strict gluten-free diet and it will warn you the minute you scan an item that’s not and point you in the direction of the best alternative.
It’s to be revealed how people are supposed to avoid ramming into one another’s carts, but, hey, if cars can parallel park themselves these days, it’s probably not too much of a stretch. The general public will have to wait to test drive the Kinect cart for a while yet, as the project’s only in its infant stages of development.
The demo was posted last week by GeekWire and has already attracted nearly 190,000 views. This is something you’ve got to see for yourself: