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Amazon tried to dope the tech in its new cashier-less store with people dressed in Pikachu costumes (AMZN)

Pikachu costumePikachu costumes couldn’t pretence Amazon Go.Getty/Tomohiro Ohsumi

  • Amazon is on the fork of opening its high-tech cashier-less store.
  • It even tested the tech with people wearing Pikachu costumes, and it was successful.
  • The store’s tech struggled with vast groups, however.

 

In a weird twist, it’s the Pikachus that were doing the selecting in a test for Amazon’s new cashier-less store.

According to a new report by Bloomberg, it’s almost go-time for the cashier-less store called Amazon Go. Customers indicate their Amazon app as they walk in. The store uses cameras and sensors embedded in shelves to lane what customers pick up, then charges them for what they took when they walk out the door.

The tech has gotten much better given it debuted late last year, the report says. It’s now so good that even costumes can’t pretence it.

Amazon sent in a threesome of employees dressed in Pikachu costumes, but the yellow felt did not outing up the sensors. Each costumed employee was charged correctly for the equipment he or she took, according to the report, even yet they looked probably indistinguishable.

The store’s tech has struggled, however, to track groups like families with children who take things off the shelves, as it’s severe to brand who took what. 

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