A Japanese company, Toshiba Tec, has created a supermarket scanner that reads items without the use of barcodes.

The Object Recognition Scanner (ORS), which is still in development, uses alternative technology which scans items based on their appearance.

According to Toshiba Tec, barcodes can sometimes fail to register with scanners in supermarkets, leading to longer waiting times for customers and requiring checkout assistants to enter the code by hand.

Its technology is particularly useful for fresh produce, where barcodes are often absent.

The firm says the device processes items based on colour and pattern and is nuanced enough to tell the difference between two types of apples.

It can rapidly separate the object from its surroundings and can scan items when they are in motion.

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