Physical inventory taking is a pain - even for our small store it takes us 4-5 people almost a full day to do that. Ideally I would love to walk through the store, record video and let it identify and count bottles. (Did dig deep into it and its a tough problem)
That’s a cool idea. That’d make it easier to do online shopping and local delivery, too. I would bet this is possible with some combination of cheap hardware, man power, and business sense. Identifying the ideal setup is the tricky/expensive part. Perhaps the problem can be broken down into smaller, more attackable pieces somehow. I’m no expert, by the way, just inspired by the optimism of the course.
Related to your idea, I wonder if anyone has tried making a crowd-sourced “Does the local store have this thing” service, where “buyers” can put a bounty on finding a certain product locally, and “finders” are people who are either present in the store, or willing to go there to check if the product is available. Kind of like mechanical turk for finding stuff.
Then you could work with a delivery service like Lyft/Uber, and boom, everyone’s knowledge about what’s where in any city can be made known to everyone. I feel this could help local stores at a time when people are more and more buying online. I’ll bet one could even give Pokemon points for accomplishing these real world tasks =). I also bet this already exists as some startup and I just don’t know how to Google it or it hasn’t broken through to world-wide popularity yet, which would be no surprise given the amount of new products coming out every day.
( I don’t think I have any truly original ideas, I just feel like this is a cool forum to brainstorm with like-minded folks who enjoy working with data )