Rather than angrily typing out an emotional reaction to the big news coming out of Amazon HQ, I decided to be mature and let the dust settle. With that said, my feelings are unchanged. Amazon stole my idea. That is not an opinion, it is a FACT. In a court of law, I probably don’t stand a chance, but I have no reason to lie about this. And before you start calling bullshit, I’ll admit that Amazon took my idea and made it even better. Hard to believe, I know. But out of honor I have no problem sitting here today saying that Amazon improved on what I had believed to be a BIG time idea.
My idea was more or less the exact same thing with the addition of the shopping cart. Essentially when you entered the store, your credit card is hooked up to your shopping cart, and your shopping cart is hooked up to your credit card. You’d then go on your way shopping like normal, and when you’re done, there’s no line to wait on. There’s no money to exchange. The check out process is virtually gone. You’d walk our through some sort of sensor that would pick up the barcodes on each item in your cart, and as you walk through, your credit card is charged. The entire point is to not have to deal with wait times or cashiers, and the “exit” process becomes seamless and effortless. Boom.
Amazon eliminated the shopping cart altogether which is a great move for a number of reasons. Other differences: my idea was not necessarily app centric. Also, sensor fusion had nothing to do with my idea. But other than that, it’s my idea through and through. The “just walk out technology” is my intellectual property, and I have come here to angrily type out middle school level words in sequence to get Amazon’s attention and collect my pay. I’m no lawyer but I believe this is proprietary to my brain and only my brain until someone from Amazon hacked their way in.