Several years ago, Amazon updated its mobile app to allow people to shop for real-world objects by scanning their barcodes. Its latest iteration lets users take and upload a photo. Now you only need to wave your smartphone near a given object to get more information on it, or have the option to directly add it to your shopping cart.
For example, German lighting manufacturer Osram built a tiny chip that can scan a bar of chocolate to determine how much cacao it contains. At the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung and LG both unveiled refrigerators with recognition systems that can recognize food. The refrigerators will scan what’s inside, let you know what you’re out of, and suggest recipes to make the best use of your available groceries.
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