Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Barcode scanner glasses

Buy things in a shop without having to take it to the scanner
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Because your glasses have a barcode scanner in them, they scan and purchase every thing you look at that you approve of.

You press a button to purchase and they make a sound. You put the item straight into a carrier bag.

chronological, Feb 07 2020

Prior Art https://www.busines...rcial-video-2016-12
Amazon Go advert and earlier predictions [Chairborne Hero, Feb 08 2020]

Video 2006 advert https://youtube.com/watch?v=u-1F71Wa_zo
No glasses required [Chairborne Hero, Feb 08 2020]

Anazon Go Grocery https://www.vox.com...whole-foods-seattle
Goes live in Seattle, no scanner eyeglasses required [Chairborne Hero, Feb 25 2020]


       A needless complication. The shopping carts at a few markets near me already have the scanners built into the cart, the act of putting an item into the cart scans it.   

       Having to smile at at something first might be difficult for some, or lead to accidentally ringing things up for folks with cheery dispositions.
Chairborne Hero, Feb 07 2020

       Changed to from a smile to a button
chronological, Feb 07 2020

       // they scan and purchase every thing you look at that you approve of. //   

       Does that include Suzi, the slim, dark-haired young woman who works behind the Deli counter ? (Asking for a friend)
8th of 7, Feb 07 2020

       Yep, this sort of exists already over here (I'm guessing you're over there, [chrono]. You grab a scanner as you walk into the shop, and scan things with it as you add them to your trolley. Then you just pay according to the scanner's total when you leave.   

       It's not glasses-mounted, admittedly.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 07 2020

       Still not seeing advantage of moving the scanner from to the shopper's glasses from the store- owner's cart.
Chairborne Hero, Feb 07 2020

       And... knew I had seen this before. Linked article from 2016 - highlighting a TV commercial and pointing to predictions from a decade earlier.
Chairborne Hero, Feb 08 2020

       // they scan and purchase every thing you look at that you approve of. // Does that include Suzi, the slim, dark-haired young woman who works behing the Deli counter ?   

       I had a similar deviant thought to 8th of 7, I was more concerned my browsing of the local porn shop would need to be curtailed, dark glasses are essential in there. I would need to take a second job to cover all the things I 'approve of'.   

       Photo of Suzi please, or a reasonable rendition from the illustrators imagination would be fine!
darque, Feb 08 2020

       Think Jadzia Dax, but a little taller and slimmer, with a dazzling smile.
8th of 7, Feb 08 2020

       Sooner or later, supermarkets will work out that they can make money just by charging every shopper a flat rate per visit. The money they'd save on barcoding, checkouts and cash-handling would make up for the odd customer who took only langoustine and foie.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 08 2020

       Actually I'd do that, so maybe it's a bad idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 08 2020

       This is a good point [MB]. Who would have guessed 20 years ago that telephone bills would be flat rate and unmetered?
pocmloc, Feb 08 2020

       The Orange network in the UK was considering exactly that in 2001-2.   

       They also anticipated the "death" of landlines for voice traffic, at least in the personal market, and the replacement of coporate sitewide PABXs by cellular WAN virtual exchanges.   

       Some of the more outré concepts, predicated on massive technological "jumps" and thought to be 40 to 5O years ahead, now look likely to be rolled out as technology demonstrators in the next 3 - 5 years.   

       Your life as you have known it is over. Resistance is Futile.
8th of 7, Feb 08 2020

       Well, where there's a will there's a Huawei.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 08 2020

       //considering exactly that in 2001-2// So, 18-19 years ago, but not 20?
pocmloc, Feb 09 2020

       That was when the document was circulated internally; the group that produced it had been in existence since at least 1998, concurrent with the release of the preliminary standards for HSCSD.
8th of 7, Feb 09 2020

       Added a timely link. Amazon Go Grocery is open in Seattle, Washington USA.
Chairborne Hero, Feb 25 2020


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