Deep within the Toshiba skunkworks (of course we’re exaggerating here for dramatic effect) a team of scientists are creating a checkout camera scanner unlike anything before it. Ever check out your stuff in the grocery? Well, Toshiba are going to take that mundane procedure up a notch with their ‘intelligent’ check out cams.
Its core function is simple but what it does better than most other check outs is it compiles a database of goods. This is a major leap forward because most check out counters only register items with bar codes—what about fresh grown produce then?
To solve this conundrum, Toshiba are developing a ‘smart’ check out camera system that gathers information so that checkouts can be more flexible and much, much faster. The team responsible for making it a reality is under Susumu Kubota, who admits the technology involved is a lot more difficult than developing facial recognition software.
The super high tech automated check outs won’t transform groceries until three years from now, by then Susumu Kubota and his team are expected to hve ironed out the kinks.
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