Amazon unveiled something pretty cool today.
It is called Amazon Go and is their new plan to launch a new type of convenience store that doesn’t require any cashiers or cash for that matter.
These physical stores allow you to walk in, grab whatever you want/ need, and then go. You don’t need a wallet, you don’t need to join any queues and you don’t need to ring anything up, all you need it a phone.
With Amazon Go, once you walk into one of the stores you will scan your phone to identify yourself, after that you can continue to walk around the store and pick up items that you want. The store will then use machine learning along with a set of sensors around the store to add up the items that you have picked up and then add them to your shopping cart.
Once you leave the store, Amazon will charge you for the items to your account and send you a receipt.
It’s a pretty cool idea, sadly it’s not one that you will see locally right now.
That’s because Amazon has only opening up a store for testing with their employees. That said, they do plan to roll out a 1,800 square foot store in 2017 and then roll them out across the US over the next decade, with no current plans for other regions.
As we learn more we will be sure to let you know, but while you wait, you can check out the video below for a quick look at Amazon Go.