Infrared Shopping Trolleys Hit Brisbane Next Month

Shopping is about to hit the 21st century. IGA stores in NSW and Victoria have been trialling the infrared enabled trolleys for the past few months, but next month the Carindale IGA in Brisbane is getting the new trolley for real. And it will blow your mind.

It sounds like a fairly intuitive system:

Equipped with an LCD screen and control panel, the trolleys can be used to locate items in the store, scan products as they are purchased for a running tally, or use a list pre-loaded on a website.

It can also let you know about store specials, while infrared trackers installed in the supermarket's ceiling can identify exactly which aisle you're shopping in.

It seems like a really clever use of some fairly standard technology. Has anybody checked it out as part of the trial? What did you think?


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