Object recognition technology isn't just for people-counting anymore. Now, it's moving to your grocer's checkout lane.
Brain Corp. has developed a system that can individually identify individual types of baked goods on a tray in just one second, according to DigInfo. The first POS-object recognition trial was just successfully completed at a Tokyo bakery store.
The creators explained the need for such technology:
"Part-time staff sometimes can't remember the names of baked goods. But with this system, the names of the goods appear on screen, so staff can work at the cash register on their first day. So we think it can improve efficiency overall, especially when there's a long queue, because the balance can be tallied instantly."
This system can be used for virtually all merchandise in the store, and the creators see it being useful for other items that are easily distinguished by shape, like fruit and medicine.
When an item has been identified correctly, the system outlines it in green. If there's any doubt, a yellow outline appears, and the staff member can choose from a list of possible products. Repeating this process makes the system even smarter.