Amazon transform- While the devices we rely on today may seem commonplace, it would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago – be it taking calls on a smartwatch, asking a speaker in your home to play one of millions of songs, or having robotic lawnmowers that quietly cut our grass.
So, when you hear about how we’ll be performing one of our most common tasks in the near future – shopping – don’t write it off as fantasy, because it’ll be here before you know it.
If you thought it was high-tech to tap your phone or smartwatch to buy something, wait until you get a load of the following half-dozen scenarios to roll out over the next few years.
Stores with no checkout
Talk about “convenience” stores. As we saw earlier this year with the launch of the first Amazon Go store in Seattle, waiting in line to pay for items may be a thing of the past.
Thanks to hundreds of cameras and sensors, and smart artificial intelligence (A.I.) behind the scenes, you can grab items off the shelf and simply walk out when you’re done – and your account will be automatically billed, followed by an emailed receipt.
Even if you place items back on the shelf, the technology will keep track and adjust your order accordingly. Just last week, Bloomberg reported that Amazon is planning to open 3,000 Amazon Go stores by 2021, while Microsoft is also said to be readying cashier-less stores.
What about a store that comes to you? Instead of the Detroit Auto Show, which took place a week later, Toyota chose January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to unveil e-Palette, a concept for the future of autonomous (“self-driving”) vehicles.
Perhaps one day in the not-too-distant future, your vehicle can not only drive you around from point A to point B, but Toyota envisions autonomous cars used for ride-sharing services, delivering food on-demand and even serving as a mobile storefront that brings products to you instead of the other way around.
Toyota is teaming up with Uber, Pizza Hut and Amazon, to start, but the first live demonstration of Toyota e-Palette won’t be until the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.