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Even before COVID-19, retailers were turning to vision for better inventory management, theft prevention, and productivity improvements. The pandemic accelerated this trend, and last year Amazon, which runs the most notable of the cashierless stores, Amazon Go (now part of Amazon Fresh), began licensing the unique set of underlying technologies that allow shoppers to walk into a store, select the products they want, and walk out. All without lines or checkouts.
As we learn in this edition’s cover story, “Embedded Vision and AI Transform Retail Shopping,” the company’s Just Walk Out technology includes ceiling-mounted standard color cameras with custom processing boards, and time-of-flight depth-sensing cameras….READ MORE