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The Future of the Grocery-Store Checkout Is Here

Meet the latest in grocery-store technology, the supermarket checkout scale that identifies produce. Although self-checkout systems have been around for a while, this new scale requires no scanning. Instead the machine snaps a quick picture of the produce that is placed on the scale. It compares the picture to a database of stored images and identifies which type of fruit or vegetable it is.

The system also determines the weight and price of the produce. Currently the scale is being tested in 300 European markets. Although the machine is intelligent and reduces the need for human interaction, some kinks need to be worked out. For example, how will the machine know if a product is organic? What if there's a deal where the product is not being sold by weight?

It's exciting to see that the future of grocery shopping has arrived. What do you think of the advancement? Have you checked yourself out of a grocery store?


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girodet girodet 9 years
In my neck of the woods cashiers can't figure out the difference between parsley and cilantro, don't know how a machine will.
cutiekat88 cutiekat88 9 years
its a cool idea.but what about people will they lose jobs because technology does everything for them.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 9 years
I can always use the self checkout faster than standing in line, and ours are usually empty. I do think people are intimidated by them. We have a lot of elderly people here, I imagine some of them wouldn't want to try it. There's always someone working at a stand in front of them to help fix things when the machine malfunctions or when people need help, or to card people when it's called for. And believe me, that person is always busy. Honestly, the machines malfunction way more often than I screw up. Half the time when I use them the person has to come over for something. Either the produce didn't come up in the system, or the item is too light to register on the scale and I get "Please place the item in the bag" over & over, or whatever. Now that I've used them a bunch I have a decent system to get things done in an orderly way, and if I have more than 4-5 bags worth I'll just stand in line. The best method I found for getting things bagged efficiently either way is to group them in the cart the way you want them loaded back in, heavy stuff first, packaged stuff & then produce. Half the reason I use the self checkout is I prefer to bag my stuff, I hate getting 10 bags for 14 items.
fredonica fredonica 9 years
I think punching in a 4-digit code is easier and a bit faster. Wouldn't it take awhile for a scale to take a picture of your produce and compare it to a database of produce pictures? I try not to use self checkout, since it does take away a job (although at my neighborhood store, they always have someone monitoring the self checkout lanes). I only use it when I have a few items and the lines are short. I'm always stuck behind stupid people who can't figure out how to enter in a code for produce or take forever looking for change in their pocket/wallet just so they have perfect change. Ugh.
lms lms 9 years
The grocery stores in my area don't have self checkout. However, I tried it once in a store in Colorado. It was okay. Also, Home Depot has self check out and I use it sometimes.
sofi sofi 9 years
yeah- I see so many people having trouble already that I bet the more high tech machines will scare people even more. itsme- 15 cents is pretty good! We only get 5 cents.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
This is really cool. The Ralph's by my place has a bunch of self-checkout lanes, and I've been using those ever since I first saw them. It sure beats standing in line behind a bunch of people, since the self-checkout lanes are always open. One of the people who works there told me that a surprising amount of people refuse to use the self-checkout stuff. Apparently the technology frightens them...
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
I check myself out if I'm just grabbing a few things, but for regular shopping trips I just go to the cashier because I get my discount for bringing my own shopping bags! =) (it's only 15 cents per bag, but that's probably at least $5 since I started going to this store... yay!)
suziryder suziryder 9 years
I can see this being a lot more trouble than it's worth. What if the camera decides a mango looks like a papaya and charges you too much? I can see a lot of people having trouble with it and causing long lines. I think the regular self-check-out is fine, although sometimes even that is too much trouble - there do seem to be a lot of people trying to use them when they have to clue what they're doing. But they're very convenienient when there's no wait and you only have a few things to buy.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I always check myself out. Even in stores.
sofi sofi 9 years
Sounds interesting. I do like the self check out when there is no one to wait behind. So many people don't know how to use them and need help which takes forever. I think it is easy already.
amygem amygem 9 years
Technology may result in the elimination of some jobs, like cashiers, but don't forget that it also creates new positions in fields like computer engineering.
erinflower erinflower 9 years
Just another way technology robs people of jobs.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i guess that's kind of cool. in Florida - there was a store that i went to that was kind of similar in self check out so i didn't have to do too much when i was getting fruits & veggies. i'm sure that it'll just make everyone's live soo much easier
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
This seems like something to implement that would jack up prices in a store. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE self check-out, but I can read the label and punch in the code myself thankyouverymuch. Annebreal - I was once a cashier, and so I'm fairly proficient at these deals. It's actually faster for me to use the self-check than to go thru the regular line, but I get what you are saying about those who have no clue.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Pass. Sometimes the You-Scan is fun, but if there's a line at it there's always someone that doesn't know what they're doing, and it's usually a pain to use coupons and figure out how to use the scales. Maybe this gizmo will make it easier, but I still think there are cashiers for a reason: they know how to do it, they do it all day everyday, and they can do it a lot faster.
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