Amazon Go- So it’s Friday evening right after work, and you’ve run low on provisions yet again. Maybe the grocery store is packs to the gills and customers, and even the self-checkout wiser lawn or perhaps you have to buy something that you’d rather not anyone see you leaving the store with.
So wouldn’t it be nice to have a way around the crowds the long waits the vague says them bears that you got when you had an 18 pack of toilet paper to the cashier?
So this is one of the ideas behind Amazon go. A new concept grocery store allows you to walk in, grab what you need, or maybe something you don’t. And walk right out without any pesky human interaction, and to be clear, it isn’t just a glorified place for you to pick up things you’ve already ordered by scene with Amazon’s locker system.
How does it work?
The only previous setup is downloading the Amazon Go app on your phone and looking into your Amazon account. When you walk inside, you will scan your phone against a turnstile, and when you’re all done shopping, walk out. Amazon has even put up signs everywhere saying this exact thing turning. Just walked out into a slogan the cell customers on its simplicity.
How exactly Amazon Go keeping track of what you buy?
Well, some of the inventory control features are pretty obvious, like weight sensors. Under the product’s kind of like what you see in an overpriced hotel mini bar that could detect when the box with cashews has been lifted off of them. Still, unlike that system, Amazon is small enough to charge you if you put it back.
But much of the real magic happens above you, so if you look up in the rafters. You’ll see an array of hundreds of cameras and sensors not only keeping. An eye on things and but feeding information about customers. Moving around the store to servers that use machine learning to determine precisely. What you put inside your shopping bag or your backpack or whatever.
Now aside from saying that, they don’t use facial recognition in this process. That some products are tags with particular patterns that help the cameras pick them out. Amazon has been relatively tight-lips about exactly how this process works. Making it either a little magical or a little creepy, depending on your perspective.
One thing we have seen, though, is that it does appear that profiling a customer’s body shape and size. They are taking one customer for another if they what physically similar. Now, these minor imperfections mean that Amazon staffers are sold supervising all this automation. They need a surprisingly large number of human employees at the store to help customers. Prepare Ray the meals and cheque ideas for those of you who want to partake in adult libations.
It hasn’t decided is ready to trust computers to keep smearing off eyes out of the hands of unsuspecting college pros. The only Amazon goes store currently open to the public is in downtown Seattle. Or the same buildings that house is Amazon’s headquarters. Amazon has been cagey about providing details about this plan to expand more locations in the future, probably because outfitting a store like this requires a substantial financial commitment upfront. According to Amazon, Amazon also a tonne these computing resources to function correctly.
So it won’t happen overnight, but Amazon is betting that their new go store might resemble the future of retail. There’s been the last speculation that we might see similar tech employee to Whole Foods. Amazon now owns an idea that’s already catching criticism for concerns about vast amounts of data mining to automation—pushing people out of work to make it easier to overspend since nothing is stopping you from walking out with perhaps more than you need.
However, you might feel about all that though we tried it. And if you find yourself in Seattle anytime soon, it’s worth giving it a shot.