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.