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Andyvision Robot Works In Shop & Does Inventory Control - Future of Retail Is Here?

Question asked by Ankita Katdare in #Robotics on Jul 1, 2012
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Jul 1, 2012
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You walk into a shop and see a hoodie-wearing robot scanning the shelves. You could think that it's a good idea for a day-light robbery, but folks at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have better plans. They have made a robot called  'Andyvision' which does inventory control of a shop on the campus. It identifies each item in the shop and alerts employees if stock is low or if an item is misplaced. It also generates a real-time interactive map of the store and displays it on a large touch-screen for the customers to see. At the same time, the staff can see a real-time inventory list on their own iPads. Quite neat we must say.

Using  image-processing and machine-learning algorithms, Andyvision autonomously roams around the shop without bumping into anything; thanks to its proximity sensors. And during these rounds it creates a database of 3-D and 2-D images that show the store's stock and a basic map of the store's layout.


Priya Narasimhan, a professor at CMU who heads the Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing says that she and her team has interviewed many retailers to know about their needs. If a customer puts a soft toy in the shelf reserved for electronic goods, the store loses money because the exact item won't be in place to be found by someone who wants to buy it. Andyvision makes sure this does not happen.

This project is aimed at building a future for retail. We would like to know the views of our readers on this. How do you see such systems changing the face of stores in coming years? Do see this video to check Andyvision in action -

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Via: Technology Review Posted in: #Robotics

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