Kinect demo makes grocery shopping more automatic

It's one of the most tedious activities that nearly everyone has to do: grocery shopping. But can going to the store be more fun and more efficient? Microsoft and Whole Foods think so. In a new demo that was shown today at Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, the company revealed a prototype of a new kind of shopping cart using its Kinect for Windows device.

As reported by Geekwire, the demo was actually created based on a prototype made by the high end grocery store Whole Foods. With the Kinect device attached, a person can show his or her loyalty card from the store to the motorized cart. The cart then spends its time following the shopper around the aisles while going over the user's shopping list.

The cart can scan each item as they are placed inside and then take them off the shopping list. Finally, it can check out the shopper when they are finished. About the only things the cart can't do are take the items from the shelves and then bag them.

Microsoft says this prototype is just a few weeks old but represents just what can be done with Kinect for Windows, which officially launched earlier this month. There's no word on when or even if Whole Foods will be launching this new kind of shopping cart. Microsoft says that over 300 companies are creating applications and products based on Kinect for Windows.

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Dont accidents occer now? If I put this idea to work, people will be concentrated on the cart.. saying to them what they want and where they can get it. So they rush through the store? (Atleast that is what I do when I know what I want and where it is exactly)

Just thinking out loud.. I might be wrong.

Sometime technology seems such a great idea, but not in practice... look a the way he has to place the item in the basket.. most people just chuck things in the trolley.. this would really slow things down....

Much easier to stay at home, shop online, and get it delivered.. simple!

When I saw kinnect in the title.. I thought you could stand in front of your tv and walk down a virtual shopping isle picking things up off the shelf and putting in your virtual trolley.. damn, Im way ahead of the game!

I can see this being used for disabled people/shoppers. Of course, around here, Walmart shoppers are heavy and usually ride the little carts behind their spouses, so this pretty much replaces them.

ccoltmanm said,
I can see this being used for disabled people/shoppers. Of course, around here, Walmart shoppers are heavy and usually ride the little carts behind their spouses, so this pretty much replaces them.

Just to know the freaking prices at a Walmart would be worth it. Last few times I have been forced into one, out of 10 things I was looking for only 3 had a tag that actually matched the item on the shelf, and two of them were not priced right with the correct UPC.

M_Lyons10 said,
Neat idea, but I'd be shocked if it sees use... Maybe YEARS from now...
the scanner on the cart is more likely to happen in the near future