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Google's Cloud Vision API is easily blinded by the addition of a little noise to the images it analyses, say a trio of researchers from the Network Security Lab at the University of Washington, Seattle. Authors Hossein Hosseini, Baicen Xiao and Radha Poovendran have hit arXiv with a pre-press paper titled Google’s Cloud Vision …
The Register recently learned of a drone designed to photograph supermarket shelves so that image analysis can automatically figure out what stock needs to be re-ordered
Wouldn't it just be easier to output the barcode references from the tills to a database so you know what's been sold, and then just reorder the difference to take you up to the preset stock level? ie, you have 3 boxes of 12 items each of item X, and once 12 items have been used the computer system reorders one box of item X and tasks a meatbag to stick in on a shelf.
Obviously subject to small variances due to theft, but that's what stockchecks and human management are for.
That computerised stock, using bar codes, plus 'just in time' deliveries would mean nothing was out of stock, but sadly the big supermarket I live near is regularly out of the stuff I want to buy. Hello: Lakeland 0% fat yoghurt -- flies off the shelves! Order more, Sainsbury's!
Depends. My system would only work as long as people buy less than 36 of product X per day. It may happen that they sell 18 every weekday and 30 at weekends, at which point you'd need a higher reserve stock. But you might not want a higher stock if they are (quickly) perishable, so running out might be preferable.
Ooooh, sick burn! And spot on. RFID is a much heartier technology than the UPC label. I could just print up some sticky UPC labels and there's my vector; can I trick a sales droid into scanning a fake UPC label? For RFID, much harder to cover with a sticky label, even if it were RFID blocking in some small way.
And you can many times just stuff some product into another box and purchase THAT, and the droid be none the wiser. I needed a Kurieg coffee insert cone thing, and they don't sell them anywhere, so I just took one out of the display unit, switched it for the grey basket type, which they do sell but it makes a crap cup of anything, and I purchased that. Thanks for not having the right part, idiots. If you can't beat them, hack them.
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