Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing have developed a robot that could help store owners keep items in stock. It’s called AndyVision.
The robot has a Kinect sensor, image processing and machine learning algorithms, as well as 2D and 3D images of products and a floor plan of the store. Basically this robot patrols the store and determines if items are low or out of stock and even if they’ve been incorrectly shelved.
Employees then get the data on iPads and a public display updates an interactive map with product information for shoppers to see. The automaton is currently in CMU’s campus store, but by next year a few local retailers will be testing it.
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