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Now on BBC News, it is time to Click.


This month marks the 25th anniversary of the self checkout.


The first one was installed in New York on 5 August,


So what does its inventor, Doctor Howard Schneider,


I hadn't gone shopping much, so I went to the supermarket


And I started looking at people checking out, and my stopwatch


went "Click, click" - it was a mechanical one.


And, you know, I said wow, what a great environment.


and I said, this would be a great, great problem to solve.


And then I started building a machine in my garage.


I actually spent every cent I had on parts,


and I got the first machines built.


See, I love self-service checkouts, but then I'm a control freak.


Until they go wrong, at which point they become a right


The technology in the machines now is less than it was 25 years ago,


using 286 computers, using MS-DOS 3.3.


I had better technology 25 years ago than what you see now,


which is the reason for a lot of frustrations.


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So now people are thinking outside of the shopping basket,


to try and update the self checkout


In Japan, Reggie Robo takes your basket and bags your


The system, which was trialled at the beginning of the year,


scans the RFID tags on all the items at the same time.


Since December, the Amazon Go shop has been undergoing


Once it is working, shoppers should be able to pick up their items


Swedish cafe company Wheelys is working on a similar idea.


Although this staff-less shop will even come to you.


Here at Canary Wharf, in London, something less spectacular,


but which seems to me more workable and more scalable.


Grab and Go has been invented by Barclaycard.


The app scans bar codes as you grab items off the shelf,


Payment is taken from the card that is linked to the app,


and the receipt is sent to the phone, so you don't have


But, with all that grabbing and going, are you thinking


In the future, if you're scanning things and then just putting it


in your bag, and then just walking out,


I can see more people stealing more stuff.


So you can basically very easily pick up some item and then can walk


out, but on the way you have CCTV, you have a man on the ground


So it's no more secure than a self-scan checkout,


but I do wonder how many people would just accidentally miss


that barcode, and leave


Although, even here, technology might be able


Supermarket giant Walmart has filed a patent to incorporate facial


recognition, blood pressure and heart rate monitoring


into its stores to try and understand customer


It might improve customer service, but previous trials of the tech have


been used to try to spot shoplifters, raising a few security


In fact, just this week, the supermarket announced it is also


trialling a scan-and-go solution, but this one relies on shop


assistant approval before you can leave.


In China, which is home to several unmanned stores like this one,


you need your face to get in the front door in the first place.


Like Barclaycard's Grab and Go, customers scan items


using their phones, and they can even heat up their grub


Speaking of heating things up, a similar Chinese idea,


Bingo Box, ran into problems when one of its glass clad stores


Now, as it was unmanned, it wasn't until customers began


to complain that the sweltering temperatures


were ruining the food inside that the shop was shut down.


It is now back up and running, and everything is cool.


So it's not all plain sailing for these souped-up shops,


and it will be a while before we buy our weekly groceries


in the store without some form of human


But, as our patience wears increasingly thin in this age


of grabbing and going, it's no surprise that Bingo Box


plans to open 5,000 more stores in the coming year.


Premier League football starts again this weekend,


which I'm reliably informed is important to some people.


Seriously, though, fans will be excited to see what their club's


But how do you know if a new player is going to be right for your team?


Well, one company is using virtual reality to identify talent,


and also help players to recover


I'm in Manchester, home of great football, to check out a small


start-up that is joining up with Premier League clubs


for an idea that's only eight months in the making.


This VR system helps scouts recruit players by using statistics


from virtual gameplay to decide whether or not the player would work


But it separately is also being used to help injured players get back


to full fitness, mentally and physically.


You have injured players who will often spend anything


from six months to ten months, years out of the game.


And the scientists, the physios will work with them,


but we do not know what they're going to do in a situation,


what decisions they're going to make.


Now, they can play games, as well as having the treatment,


the movement is limited, but they can feel a part


They are using an HTC5 headset, with the usual hand controllers


And the kit is wireless, crucial for football drills.


As well as this version, they are also working on one


for goalies, which will require an extra pair of sensors.


Several Premier League clubs are signing up to use the VR system,


because it promises to bring players back from the bench faster.


And the first question they ask - does it feel like a real ball?


You do feel like you're really hitting the ball,


I don't know if't is the sound, or the visuals, but it is very


And I know people always use that word for VR,


but it does feel as though you are hitting it.


And because you are not, it's important players don't try too


hard, and injure themselves even more, especially when they've cost


Part of the problem is to make sure that they are not hyper extending.


We had a player last week who is not allowed to kick a physical ball. He


is fit and can probably run a marathon, but the injury means he


can't do it. It is basically a case of I feel like I am keeping a ball,


psychologically it is massive. I am now in the rehab drill


and there is a man to my left Now, I cannot do that,


because my balance on these prosthetics just is not


there, sorry, physios! But I can see how that would be very


useful for injured players, but not just injured


players, in hospitals. Players will complete a set


of exercises and drills which will be scored,


and their fitness can then be Elsewhere in the sport


world, American football STRIVR there is a company out


of Stanford University, currently working with seven NFL


teams to allow players to practice anytime, anywhere,


without the same physical tolls. And in the Netherlands,


another VR company, Beyond Sports, has a contract with both Arsenal


and Stoke City for match analysis But, back in the UK,


a man who won Premier League titles as a player


and coach with Manchester United thinks the new technology


could really help. I think it benefits both amateur,


professional and grassroots. You can put pressure


into the situation. Football, possibly, have had


a reluctance to use it, But the kit they are


offering is not cheap, with packages starting at ?5,000,


and increasing to more But the potential benefits of VR


to the football clubs that can Coaches want to train and test


footballers in the most effective way, by recreating the pressure


and intensity of performing So what would the manager


with the most Premier League titles under his belt, Sir Alex


Ferguson, think about it? Do you think Fergie would


have been up for it? He was open to all


that sort of stuff, as long as it made


a bit of a difference. Or sometimes it's what people like,


you know, players like it. Top clubs are big businesses,


and the money in football is only And, as it does, teams will be


looking for any way to improve. As you watch your team this weekend,


remember that last-minute winner or fingertip save might be


the result of some hard hours spent And that is it for the shortcut of


Click this week. The full version is waiting for you on iPlayer. Over the


next couple of weeks we are going to give you the chance to re- watch two


of our favourite shows from the year so far, the two Indian specials.


We'll be travelling across the country, to meet


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