The Kinect motion-sensing game peripheral is a lot of fun when it comes to family-friendly entertainment. But Whole Foods, in connection with a third-party developer, believes that Kinect may be the future of shopping.
The Kinect-enabled shopping cart experience begins with you scanning a loyalty card. The cart's motorized wheels push it along and steer it to follow you based on the sound of your voice and the image of your body picked up by the Kinect's motion sensor. As you place items inside the cart during your shopping trip, the Kinect scans each item, checking them off your shopping list. When you're done, you can check out using the cart, too.
The cart is only in the prototype phase right now, and early tests proved that there are a lot of kinks to be ironed out. Still, it's hoped that one day, every Whole Foods shopper will get their shopping trips finished faster and easier thanks to a fleet of these futuristic Kinect hacks on wheels.
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