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Self Checkouts

Self Checkout

The self checkout was first invented in the early 1990s as a way to improve efficiency in customer service, while at the same time saving money by reducing the number of employees needed to run a store - especially in times when stores get busy. Initially the product designer created these machines as a precursor to his ideas regarding artificial intelligence, possibly in hopes of creating a future where robots assisted our daily lives.

After these machines started to gain popularity, multiple companies purchased the technology from the original creator, Optimal Robotics, and by 2003 it was commonplace to see self checkouts in the supermarkets around the neighborhoods of America and Europe. By 2008 there were 92,600 self checkouts worldwide and there are expected to be over 400,000 by 2014.