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Wearable Barcode Scanner Will Cut Down Grocery Line Wait Times

Wearable Barcode Scanner Will Cut Down Grocery Line Wait Times
Design & Architecture

Minimal "finger scanner" design could cut down on long wait times in the supermarket.

Ross Brooks
  • 22 october 2013

In an attempt to reduce grocery check-out times, designer Seokmin Kang has created a barcode scanner that fits over your finger like a thimble. The “finger scanner” features a minimal design, takes up a lot less space, and even makes it easy to keep track of your shopping total by displaying prices on the back.

The traditional barcode scanner takes a long time to scan something properly, and requires the attention of one hand for as long as you are using it. Location and size of a barcode make a big difference when it comes to the efficiency of a hand-held scanner as well, especially those on the underside of a product, or placed on an awkward corner.

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“Finger scanner” aims to solve these problems by freeing up both hands to manipulate the product in your hands – it also requires significantly less effort to swipe your finger over a barcode than using a hand-held device. The price display features also means you can see the price as you scan it, there is no need to swivel your head to keep track of totals.

With a little bit of luck, this concept will make it into your local supermarket and reduce wait times, as well as add some futuristic flair to an industry that hasn’t undergone a huge amount of change over the years.

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