Lawson grocery store in Osaka, Japan thinks it has found the future of shopping, as they collaborated with Panasonic to create a check-out counter that will not only scan the items in your basket, but instantly bag them.
The basket itself has sensors that detect the items you place inside. Once you’re done shopping and want to check out, the register has a dedicated space for the basket where your groceries are automatically scanned.
Then the really cool part happens, as the bottom drops from the basket, and your groceries safely fall into a bag.
It’s a pretty neat concept, but it would never work for customers who shop big.
We’d also be more excited about this if Amazon hadn’t recently announced the true future of grocery shopping by eliminating the checkout counters altogether.
Still, this is a busy, anti-social introvert’s dream, until an error occurs and you have to ask a pesky human for help.