supermarket checkout scanner uses object recognition

Supermarket checkout scanner uses object recognition instead of bar codes

This Toshiba scanner, just demonstrated in Japan, knows what vegetables look like -- just hold up your daikon or mizuna to the camera at the cash register, and it tots up the item. No need for stickers on your food, no need to consult a human, no need to even know what kind of onions you're buying. This is the future. The tireless videographers at bring us the scoop.

The device comes with a large database of items it can recognize, even from a distance. It can be trained with additional items when necessary.

Source: popsci.comAdded: 12 March 2012