Home cooks have plenty of gadgets to help them whip up a smoothie or soufflé, but now touchscreens, facial tracking and object-recognition technologies are taking the labor out of a much more mundane chore: food shopping.
Soon: Dinner Decider
It’s 8 p.m. You’re famished and standing in the middle of the supermarket. Where do you turn? Soon the answer could be an Intel, HP and Kraft kiosk that decodes your cravings for you. The station scans shoppers’ faces to judge their age and sex and then pairs that assessment with time of day and holidays to suggest recipes and shopping lists. For example, a customer identified as being in his mid-20s, at 11:00 on a Tuesday night, might get a suggestion for mac and cheese. Kraft plans to start testing the kiosks in grocery stores by the end of this year.
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