No more barcodes

A Japanese company, Toshiba Tec, has created a scanner that reads items without the use of barcodes.

DigInfo report that the Object Recognition Scanner (ORS), which is still in development, uses alternative technology which scans items based on their appearance.

According to Toshiba Tec, barcodes can sometimes fail to register with scanners in supermarkets, leading to longer waiting times for customers and requiring checkout assistants to enter the code by hand.

Its technology is particularly useful for fresh produce, where barcodes are often absent.

The firm says the device processes items based on color and pattern and is nuanced enough to tell the difference between two types of apples.

It can rapidly separate the object from its surroundings and can scan items when they are in motion.

The video below from DigInfo offers a demonstration of the device in action.

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