Kinect with your grocery cart in a whole new way

Kinect with your grocery cart in a whole new way

Summary: Kinect technology could help people living with disabilities do their shopping.

TOPICS: Health

Here at ZDNet Health, we love a good wellness-related application of Kinect technology. Nothing is cooler than seeing a widely available platform for touch-free computing with plenty of developer resources applied in real, potentially life-changing ways.

This cool YouTube video showcases how Kinect technology could help people living with disabilities do their shopping. Watch as the Kinect makes the cart follow along behind the shopper. The shopper in a wheelchair would still need a good range of motion in the upper body in order for this approach to work. The good stuff starts at about 1:19, but watch the whole thing if you want to see a comparison between the old, cumbersome method and the new Kinect approach.

I can't help but think that it would be even nicer if people would simply pitch in to help their differently abled fellow citizens, but that may not be realistic or practical for everyone, especially in terms of scheduling conflicts. However, that solution wouldn't foster independence the way this neat Kinect application does. People feel better when they know they are able to do things for themselves when they need to. A good balance of help and self-sufficiency contribute to the wellbeing of any person, regardless of ability level.

So look for this Kinect solution, or something like it, in your futuristic grocery store...just remember to be kind, and refrain from grousing when it takes up most of the aisle!

What do you think of this Kinect shopping approach? Let us know in the comments below.

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Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.

Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • this is neat and cool

    Ram U
    • Ummm... this is old news

      This was published back in july of 2011. What progress and actual products have we seen since then?
  • Worthwhile

    It's a good start to a worthwhile project. I hope it has evolved since the 2011 video was posted.
    It should be a fairly simple tweak to have the cart stick to the same side of the aisle as the shopper, so the entire aisle isn't blocked to others. That change alone would make the cart smarter than many shoppers I meet in stores.
  • Why not just go with one of these?
  • Use a low-tech rope?

    A rope or tether tied from the back of the wheel chair to the front of the shopping cart would work just about as well.
    Sometimes we let technology cause us to loose sight of the simple and obvious.