they can pay for their drinks by simply having their fingerprint scanned, according to research by TNS.
Sixty per cent of consumers
in a global survey said they believed the technology would exist by 2015. UK shoppers were most in favour, with 31% giving fingerprint scanning their top vote from a menu of other predicted inventions.
These included holographic sales assistants - a development welcomed by Chinese consumers - and a body scanner to avoid the need to try on clothes, an idea embraced by
The concept of a self-ordering fridge - which could automatically place orders for drinks
- was given the thumbs-up by 25% of those questioned in the UK.
Siemon Scammell-Katz, managing
director of TNS Magasin, said: "Technology will be pervasive in 2015 and this will drive more change in the way consumers shop in the next 10 years."