Buying Food with Facial Recognition in China
Due to a shortage of labor in Japan, the country’s largest small-store operator, 7-Eleven, has opened a trial branch with a full self-service system that uses face recognition technology to automatically pay for goods..
The store is located in the Minato area of Tokyo in the building of the company of the large IT company NEC, which was developing this self-service system. Any of the 6 thousand employees of the company can make purchases in the experimental store after preliminary registration of a personal photo in the program.
Visitors need to face the camera to identify their identity and independently scan the barcodes of the goods so that the system automatically deducts the amount of payment from their salary. According to a NEC spokesman, the technology allows for quick settlement and reduces the stress of the shopping process..
NEC Group employee makes automatic payment.
Seven-Eleven Japan Co. plans to implement the system in other small retail outlets, such as office buildings, making it the first Japanese chain of stores with full self-service.
Although neighboring China does not have such labor problems, JD.com has opened a fully automated center in Shanghai that independently organizes, packages and dispatches 200 thousand orders daily..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Mainichi / Akane Imamura, kenh14cdn, endtimenews