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Floating Hologram Records Arrive at Japanese Convenience Stores

Japanese convenience stores are known for being convenient, but now they’re about to get even more so, thanks to a new trial of touchless self-checkouts coming to select 7-Eleven stores next month.

Dubbed “Digi POS”, the new cash registers are said to feature the “world’s first” contactless/overhead display technology for POS cash registers. On January 28, 7-Eleven shared a first look at the new hologram registers with a video showing how they work, which you can check out below.

Overhead displays are still relatively rare and are mainly used for hospitality services in hotels and offices, or as digital signage. However, according to Toshiba Tec, which led the six-company project, is the first time the technology has been used in a point-of-sale system.

As you can see from the video above, hologram cash registers are incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is scan the product you want to buy…

▼ … then the touchscreen register will appear, visible from the user’s angle but invisible to others.


You can then continue to scan other products or select additional items like a hot or cold drink from the “Seven Cafe” section, which is the self-service drink dispenser at the counter.

▼ In this demonstration, the user selects a regular size hot coffee and a large size hot coffee.


After pressing the “OK” button, the user is redirected to the confirmation screen to confirm the order before pressing the orange “proceed to payment” button.


Then, all you have to do is choose a cashless payment method, which will then ask you to scan your card or your smartphone. And that’s it — purchase complete.


The floating touchscreen registers were developed as part of a joint project between six different companies: Toshiba Tec, which created the POS payment system and is responsible for its installation and assembly in stores; 7-Eleven, which will equip its stores with the product and assist customers in its use while verifying its effectiveness; Asukanet Development, which manufactures and sells plaques for aerial displays; Kanda Kogyo Development, which manufactures and sells aerial display modules; Mitsui Chemicals Development, which manufactures and markets the “Structbond” adhesive used for overhead signage; and Mitsui Bussan Plastic, which is involved in the sale and development of aerial display modules.

▼ The floating register consists of a flat screen, an optical element (overhead display plate) and sensor modules to detect finger movements.


The hologram registers will appear as an introductory trial at six 7-Eleven branches in Tokyo, starting February 1. Items available for purchase are currently limited to in-store products, excluding items such as alcohol, cigarettes, stamps, postcards and services such as courier deliveries, utility bill payments public funds, cash vouchers and account top-ups.

The aim of these contactless registers is to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection, although it also has the potential to reduce the workload of staff in the future. We hope customers use the system honestly so we can see more of these terminals appear in convenience stores nationwide. Otherwise, they can always install a one-eyed samurai or a polite android to keep an eye on you.

Source: Toshiba Tec Corporation Going through Hachima Kikou

Insert pictures: YouTube/セブン&アイ・ホールディングス公式チャンネル

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