Toshiba has developed technology that could make traditional barcodes obsolete - and speed up queues at tills.

The global electronics giant has unveiled a new Object Recognition Scanner that identifies products by appearance, rather than barcodes.

It allows loose produce without barcodes, such as fruit and vegetables to be swiped, saving cashiers the time it takes to manually enter details.

As part of the scanner, Toshiba has developed a camera that blacks out everything apart from the item in front of it. This enables the camera to identify products swiped at high speed and is “key to the whole system,” according to Toshiba spokesman Keiichi Hasegawa.