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Smart glasses help Japan seniors peruse store shelves from home

Pilot test bridges last-mile gap for rural shoppers with mobility issues

A 7-Eleven clerk in Iizuna, Japan, positions a meal in front of Toppan's livestreaming smart glasses. (Photo courtesy of Toppan)

IIZUNA, Japan -- In this sleepy Japanese town filled with apple orchards, a 7-Eleven convenience store clerk puts on a pair of glasses resembling something out of a sci-fi movie.

The smart glasses, as they are called, film the shelves from the vantage point of the clerk and the footage is relayed in real time to the customer looking from either a smartphone or tablet back home. By tapping the merchandise shown on the device, the location is shown on the smart glasses, directing the clerk to select the product.

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