Walmart formulation ‘net-connected trolley’

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A sketch of how a biometric trolley might work

US sell hulk Walmart has practical for a obvious for a intelligent selling trolley that can lane a shopper’s heart rate, temperature, hold and walking speed.

Such a complement would yield profitable information about how shoppers respond to opposite stores, it said.

The patent, submitted in February, would see trolleys propitious with sensors that in spin send information over a internet to Walmart’s servers.

Walmart pronounced it would not collect any privately identifiable data.

The patent, published in August, is patrician “System and Method for a Biometric Feedback Cart Handle”.

Walmart pronounced that a internet-connected trolleys would be useful “for alerting store associates that a patron might need assistance”.

It described how a trolley would start collecting information when a patron starts regulating it and stop when it is no longer in use.

Technology blog CBInsights commented on a patent: “If biometric indicators uncover signs of emergency, a module might also emanate a promote via a store to call associates’ courtesy to a situation, and could potentially trigger a call for puncture medical assistance as well.”