Later: Smart Scan
Self-checkout counters can be swift—if you're not buying produce. In the next few years, shoppers could use Toshiba's object-recognition system, which identifies fruits and vegetables, rather than typing tedious codes. With a camera, the system determines a food's shape, color and apparent texture, even through plastic bags, and picks the likeliest identity and alternatives (say, similar red apples). Shoppers correct any mistakes, making the system smarter. It already discerns 34 foods with 90 percent accuracy.