The device can quickly identify and package products for a faster shopping experience

If there’s any place in the world truly embracing automation in manual labor jobs, it's Japan. Coming off a recent announcement promoting the country’s corporate response to Amazon Go’s arrival in the United States, multinational electronics giants Panasonic and Lawson are jointly developing an innovative basket system affixed to the end of a self-checkout machine which automatically bags products quickly, safely and compactly.

Dubbed the Regirobo, the technology is still in the works, but the two companies plan on launching the machine opposite of Panasonic’s HQ in Osaka for user testing. The device works simply by placing items in an open, hanging bag, which automatically identifies individual products (by virtue of electronic tags being introduced this month). When complete, the basket which holds the bag up then slides out for you to take your groceries home. Should the trial run prove successful, the company will then pursue a wider roll-out in 2018.

Regirobo

If there’s any place in the world truly embracing automation in manual labor jobs, it's Japan. Coming off a recent announcement promoting the country’s corporate response to Amazon Go’s arrival in the United States, multinational electronics giants Panasonic and Lawson are jointly developing an innovative basket system affixed to the end of a self-checkout machine which automatically bags products quickly, safely and compactly.

Dubbed the Regirobo, the technology is still in the works, but the two companies plan on launching the machine opposite of Panasonic’s HQ in Osaka for user testing. The device works simply by placing items in an open, hanging bag, which automatically identifies individual products (by virtue of electronic tags being introduced this month). When complete, the basket which holds the bag up then slides out for you to take your groceries home. Should the trial run prove successful, the company will then pursue a wider roll-out in 2018.