The idea is that someone can buy goods simply by photographing them, and so avoid queuing. A shopper points his phone at the product then the handset uses image recognition software to find the item on the internet.
The phone’s internet browser responds by loading the shop’s internet site, so the shopper can buy the product. The item will then be promptly delievered to the person’s door. James Waterworth from the Nokia Research Centre said: "This concept is called "augmented reality". A name and release date for the handset have not been announced.
Nokia is also developing software that can be used to scan a menu in Japanese or Chinese and translate it into English. The prototype is able to scan 9,000 Chinese words and 600 Japanese words. Nokia says the software will be available "in the near future."