Today's inspirational project shows off a usage of the Kinect that you might not have ever imagined... I mean who'd have thought of mashing up a Kinect with a...
Kinect-enabled shopping cart is smarter than the shopper
Microsoft has just demoed a Kinect-enabled prototype shopping cart designed to take the guesswork out of your trip to the grocery store. All of the guesswork. In fact, all you are required to do is upload a shopping list and place items in the cart.
The cart utilizes the Kinect and other sensors to read what you are placing in the cart and check whether the item matches your pre-planned menu and any dietary constrains. If you've blindly placed an item in the cart that doesn't match with your downloaded list, forget about it. The Kinect Cart will tell gently — and slightly disapprovingly — verbally remind you of your mistake.
As you are scanning your items you are also being rung up so (in theory) forget the long check out lines. Just grab a bag if you haven't brought your own.
Here's the thing. Not only is the cart smart enough to check your list, scan your items, ring you out and converse with you — it is motorized. That means the cart will follow you as you walk down the aisle.
Project Information URL: http://dvice.com/archives/2012/02/kinect-enabled-1.php