Amazon Go – The Future of Shopping
A little bit ago Amazon came out with a new video saying they were opening up grocery stores with a twist… no more lines!! They have made new tech where you scan your phone when you enter, and then you can take whatever you want like you normally shop and it will let you make a list on your phone. And then when you leave it will just charge your credit card… No lines, no checkout, sounds great!
But you might be thinking of some problems. Amazon showed if you put an item that you took back on the shelf it will take it off your list, but what if you put it on a different shelf? What if it is crowded how will it know what phone to add to? These are just some of the problems that you could add. And also it might stop some shoplifting, but couldn’t you just not scan your phone when you enter and take what you want and leave… how will they know?
How does it work, you might be thinking… it uses the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars like computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning? You need a smartphone with an amazon account to even use the store.
This is going to cause problems because I even know a lot of people still using flip phones. Now Amazon could fix this problem by handing out a certain device where you just sign in and shop.
Right now they have a trial location in Washington for Amazon staff, but soon to be open to the public in early 2017. When they do open they are going to have all your normal foods and some pre-made ones. Also, Amazon is going to be selling their recipe boxes that are going to have the exact amount of ingredients you need for a recipe.
Now, I think this concept is crazy cool and I can’t wait for the future of shopping. But Amazon needs to allow others to use the tech for their stores for this to be practical.
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Wow first I’m hearing about this! I think this concept may work. It’s kinda like our Wawa but in & out with no waiting.
I wonder if it will ever make it to the East coast?
I just actually sent this link to my mom. We would try it as we are all about running in & out of places. This makes our generation need even less
Patience to have to stand in a line.
I like the idea but would need to have I guess money on my amazon account in order to pay for it. ?
I heard about this, another thing for Amazon to get their hands in.
They know people dont have money on them & are in a rush to go everywhere today . Now they are encouraging you to look like
you are shoplifting your food. How do you explain this to little kids at one store you walk out with stuff & another you pay at cash register.
Aaron you are correct, they will need to license their technology out, they will never just “allow others” to use their very expensive technology.
But it will cause confusion in children as to what is the right thing to do.
Wow that is so neet and cool in so
But you are right with the shelf thing as far
As putting item back in different spot or shelf.
Guess they need to work on some kinks.
Sams club has a similar app for your phone
You swipe the item you like, if you don’t like it
You unswipe it, when your done just press pay.
Then you walk out.
I believe some of the places such as grocery stores, while sale clubs already do have this technology where you use their scanner. When you are ready to check out they scan your cc on your smartphone.