Autonomous Carts Make The Easiest Part Of Shopping Even Easier

The best part of grocery shopping isn't finding some exotic new flavour of yoghurt or the free samples, it's tooling around the store like a rally car driver with your shopping cart. So why have researchers developed an autonomous human-tracking cart that follows you around the store? Seems like time better spent making checkout lanes less terrible.

That being said, it's hard not to get excited about a shopping cart that uses a Kinect and various other sensors to stay a few feet behind you as you wander through a store. Developed by students at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, it unfortunately doesn't look like the cart is smart enough to catch items that you've randomly tossed in the air as you meander down a store aisle, but surely that feature is still in development.

However, as wonderful as these technologically-enhanced carts might seem, there's no way supermarkets are going to loan them out to shoppers for just a dollar. So they might end up being a BYO affair. [YouTube via Damn Geeky]

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