Friday, April 15, 2016

Beyond CES 2016: Robot empowers staff to focus on customer service

Or so it sez in this 42-second video.

Supermarket Robot Makes Sure Your Favorite Snacks Are in Stock.  (Mental Floss, 4/15/2016)
Tally has yet to become a supermarket staple, but according to PC Mag, Simbe conducted a secret test-run at an unnamed American store earlier this year. The machine is meant to roam the aisles during normal store hours, so making sure human customers are comfortable shopping alongside robots will be key to the product's success.

Promises, promises.  I have a feeling some grocery chains might see this and similar tech developments as ways to increase their already thin profit margins.   (Ever try to find someone to assist you at Woodman's?)

Related reading:
The Psychology Behind a Grocery Store’s Layout.  (Notre Dame Online, 1/4/2013)
Other Beyond CES posts: 
Bentley reveals the future of luxury driving -- a holographic assistant.  (4/8/2016)
Don't expect Olive Oyl while wearing this virtual reality sex suit.  (4/6/2016)
Yamaha RMAX unmanned helicopter. (4/2/3016)
The Rowbot: The newest way to flush Roger Thornhill out of a cornfield.  (3/30/2016)
Vivint doorbell camera. (3/30/2016)
The SevenHugs Smart Remote: Control everything but your kids.  (3/29/2016)
Cocoon cam.  (3/13/2016)
Brita Infinity pitcher.  (3/11/2016)
Meet the smartwatch of the day, the Garmin Vivoactive HR.  (2/21/2016)
Can the LG Rolling Bot locate a hairball hidden under the bed?  (2/21/2016)

Link to most recent CES 2016 post (with links to the rest of the series).

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