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The New York Times has a story about a reporter’s visit to Standard Market, the San Francisco grocery store that - like Amazon Go, but using different technology - offers a checkout-free shopping experience.

It is not a glitch-free experience, though it does seem to have a lot of potential, relying “exclusively on the ceiling cameras and artificial intelligence software to figure out what you are buying. The cameras document shoppers’ movements, speed, stride length and gaze. The store knows when I glance at a poster and for how long. It knows if I slowed down, grabbed a chocolate bar and put it back. It knows if my body is facing the dried mangoes but my face is set on the popcorn.”

And, “unlike Amazon’s Go stores, which have a subway turnstile-like gate for entry and exit, Standard Market has an open door, and the path is clear.”

You can read the entire story here.
KC's View:
This is all about data … one of the advantages of systems like these is that they are tracking everything, creating an enormous treasure trove of data that can be applied to all sorts of things and sold/rented to a lot of companies.