In Japan, 7-Eleven has worked with Toshiba to develop Digi POS, creating hologram interfaces to allow shoppers to press buttons and interact with a virtual touchscreen without actually having to physically touch anything.
The main benefit of the technology is its more hygienic so there’s nothing to clean and sanitize afterward, but there’s also much less risk of the hardware being damaged or suffering from physical wear and tear over time.
The holographic self-checkouts will be trialed at six different 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo and will allow most in-store items to be purchased autonomously. There are over 30,000 7-Eleven stores in Japan, compared to only 10,000 in its home market of the United States.
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