Whole Foods working on Kinect-powered smart shopping cart
I bet you didn't think Kinect, for all its potential beyond a video game peripheral, would ever be used to power, of all things, a shopping cart. Well that's what Whole Foods plans on doing in their search for the "shopping cart of the future".
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Microsoft yesterday showed off an early prototype of the cart, which is being developed for Whole Foods by Austin-based Chaotic Moon. Using Kinect, the cart can not only recognize the food you put in it, but it also automatically checks them off your list. Probably the most noticeable feature is that the cart can follow you around the store.
The project is currently only weeks old, but Microsoft thinks that the kinks will be ironed out before the Kinect carts are unleashed upon us all.
Here's a video of the Kinect cart in action, courtesy of Geekwire. Enjoy.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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