The latest supermarket scanner developed by Toshiba Tec may make conventional barcodes in supermarkets obsolete.
Currently, at most supermarkets, a laser scanner is used to recognize barcodes, but the newly developed Object Recognition Scanner instantly recognizes the merchandise itself, be it fresh produce or packaged goods, by identifying it directly via a camera.
This scanner utilizes pattern recognition technology being developed by Toshiba. By recognizing the difference between merchandise and other objects and discarding the latter as noise, the scanner can operate at high speeds.
As well as fruits and vegetables, the scanner can recognize printed items, such as beer cans and coupons.
Source: DigInfo Tv