Amazon, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has announced Amazon Go, a convenience store that has no registers. Shoppers scan into the store with their Amazon Go app and pick out the items they wish to purchase. Once they leave the store with the items, their Amazon account will be billed.
Utilizing computer vision, the store recognizes the user, cutting out the need for the individual to scan items. Computer vision tasks include methods for acquiring, processing, analyzing, and understanding digital images, and in general, deal with the extraction of high-dimensional data from the real world in order to produce numerical or symbolic information.
Although the new Amazon Go store in Seattle is not open to the public, it has a testing program for Amazon employees. The store will open to the public early 2017. Amazon Go is a part of their plan to roll out 100 pop-up stores in the U.S. These investments boast the use of artificial intelligence, where Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon said this is a “gigantic” opportunity at the Recode’s Code Conference earlier this year.