If you live in world's second-smallest continent (that's Europe for you non-geography majors), you may soon be able to walk out of the grocery store with a cart full of groceries without ever having to walk through a checkout line, and you won't even have to face a shoplifting fine.
It's all thanks to a new technology that originated in Asia and is now being brought over to Europe. Essentially, there are proprietarty computers installed into the shopping carts (or "trolleys" as the English guys call them) that allow you to scan products as you add them to your cart, and it keeps track of a running total for you.After you're finished shopping, you just head to an electronic kiosk in the store and pay for your items. Of course, the downside to this is that you don't get to have your groceries bagged. The good part - you don't have to deal with those cashiers who'd rather be hung upside down by their legs over a pit of angry pitbulls.
Also with the in-cart computer, you'll be able to look at a map of the store so you can find the area you're looking for. Testing of this technology is already underway in Germany, with a rollout schedule to other European countries reportedly already in place.
I really can't wait for this to be brought over to the US, and not just in supermarkets. If I could just go into Best Buy and check out without having human contact (read: without being yelled out to buy an extended warranty), I'd be in heaven.
Report Published by: Mark Raby