In our daily life, all most probably had a supermarket cashier ask us to identify the fresh produce that we’re attempting to buy. Once we’ve told them what it is, they had to manually type in its code – they have to enter it themselves,, given that fruits and vegetables don’t have bar codes.
But Toshiba tech has introduced new changes in this. The Object Recognition Scanner can streamline the checkout line by using a camera to identify the grocery items based only on their physical appearance. This camera filters out background “noise” in its picture, hence it only sees objects that are held close to its lens against a neutral black background. By using pattern recognition software, the scanner has been programmed to recognize different varieties of vegetables and fruits, along with packaged products and coupons. It can do so even if they’re held up to the camera for a relatively short time, and aren’t held absolutely still – which is pretty much the whole point of the system.
Obviously it may not be feasible to expect supermarket staff to teach the system to recognize every item in their store it will instead be delivered with a pre-installed database of produce and other products. Because the appearance of fresh produce changes with the season, it will take a full year to compile that database. The smart scanner would include a factory installed database of produce and common products
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