Smart carts invented for the supermarket checkout
A cart that scans, weighs and allows customers to pay for groceries is paving the way for the future of supermarket shopping.
Supermarket workers have received another blow with the invention of a smart cart that allows customers to shop independently.
The smart carts, developed by artificial intelligence company Caper, are programmed with sensors and cameras so that shoppers can scan their own products, track their total as they shop, and then verify for themselves.
The genius invention was highlighted in a viral TikTok video uploaded last week, which showed a man shopping for groceries using nothing but the cart.
As he selected each item, he would scan it over the top of the cart before throwing it in, the total cost of his shop increasing with each additional product.
The checkout process seemed just as straightforward, with the man pressing the same sequence of buttons as with normal self-checkout.
Comments on the video, which has been viewed over 800,000 times, came largely from people seeking access to smart carts in their area.
The man behind the video lives in Canada and was shopping at a Kroger store, where the carts were deployed earlier this year.
“That’s great. If he keeps a running total for you on screen that would also be a great way to stay on budget,” one person wrote in a comment.
The digital display also recommends products similar to those scanned, according to the WCPO news site.
Some viewers, however, were skeptical of how the device would work in the face of dishonest buyers.
The man, who manages the Weird Beard account, said the sensors and cameras were so sensitive that it was nearly impossible to steal or incorrectly scan items.
Some were unhappy with the invention because it would put more supermarket workers out of work.
“Please don’t use them. They put people out of work. Same as self-service machines, ”one wrote.
The man replied that he was unlikely to reuse the cart for this exact reason.
“I felt the eyes of the employees burn me as I walked with this cart,” he wrote.
He added that unlike self-service checkouts, the cart did not require the help of a store employee at any time.