RCA Automated Supermarket Checkout Stand


By the late 1960s, minicomputers were sufficiently cheap to envision using them to automate much of the pricing and sale of groceries. RCA Corporation, working in conjunction with Kroger Company, developed a supermarket checkstand that linked to an RCA 6100 minicomputer. This is an example of the checkstand. It first operated at a Kroger’s store in Kenwood, Ohio, near Cincinnati, in July, 1972. The tests were quite successful, running for many weeks. However, the device relied on a different identification code than the Universal Product Code adopted the following year. RCA decided not to try to sell point-of-sale terminals.


Stephen A. Brown, Revolution at the Checkout Counter:The Explosion of the Bar Code, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997.

Date Made: 1970-1972

Maker: RCA Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Sperry-Univac Computer Systems

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1974.309503.01Catalog Number: 309503.01Accession Number: 309503

Object Name: minicomputer peripheral

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)glass (overall material)rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 ft x 14 ft; 1.2192 m x 4.2672 m

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-3721-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_214461

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