Cool prototype. Didn't see it in the demo but I imagine produce would be a significant issue with such a cart/checkout system. While I'd be tempted to build a scale into the cart I think it might be more cost effective and reliable to have the cart interface with a fixed digital scale and perhaps use Kinect's optics for "produce" recognition. Beyond this, the biggest technical issue imo is how you build-in reliable/upgradeable shoplifting safeguards without doubling unit costs. You can imagine how much easier it is to secure the stationary self-checkout registers we have today (simple weight checks, fixed cameras in addition to human attendants). I hope the project continues to get funded though.
One fundamental change I would make to this prototype right off the bat would be to lose the robotic wheels, place the scanner on the front-edge of the cart (in view of the Kinect optics)...to maximize space for merchandise and even allow customers to immediately bag their items. Green LEDs in the handlebar would indicate to personnel that cart items are cleared to leave the building with the customer.
Great interview, covered alot of the things I've been thinking about. From Morten's perspective, I certainly can see why this would make sense to their business ...a new option for their customers to leverage a cloud platform to better scale & support large membership sites.
I've been working with WordPress quite a bit lately. Although I have no plans to host our WordPress site in Windows Azure, in short term we can probably take advantage of Azure CDN and ACS 2.0.
Windows Azure CDN to alleviate disk i/o in our shared hosting environment. Microsoft should either contribute or work with the creators of W3 Total Cache (currently does not integrate with Azure CDN) so that content is automatically sync'd with Azure.
The just announced ACS 2.0 is a great addition that I think many WordPress installs could take advantage of. Frankly I'd like to see Microsoft workout some sort deal with WordPress to get their ACS 2.0 WordPress plugin included in the default WordPress package. After all, Windows Live did migrate over 600k+ customers to WordPress.
PixelSense technology is amazing. Hopefully we see that technology continue to evolve along with lower production costs so that it becomes a viable replacement for the capacitive screens we see in all these Slates. I'd be curious if it can take input from a stylus and detect pressure applied..sort like what Wacom is doing.
Samsung Series 9 looks absolutely stunning and I'm pleasantly surprised by the battery life these 2nd gen iCore devices are getting. The Acer Iconia looks like it has alot of potential but I'm curious if it can open up completely flat and work with a stylus. Sofar, the Asus EP121 is the device I'll be taking a closer look at for my eveyday machine.
@Larry, thanks for the explanation. Its just that I recall zoom/rotate being demonstrated in the older research videos. I was sort of looking forward to using these gestures with Bing Maps.
@bas, I was wonder this too. Just guessing, but it might be translating gestures to scrollbar actions or keyboard shortcuts. I don't think you can use the mouse surface to draw in MS Paint for example.