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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Tesco Tries in Aisle Rolling Robotics

In CWorld: Six foot tall robots, not really human-like android, more like large vacuum cleaners.  Possibly scaring the Tesco shoppers?  At least this could open shoppers to the expectation of having roving robotics in the aisles.    Vendor is RFSpot.

" ... As Tesco clothing shoppers rifle through the chain's apparel assortment, they'll be sharing the aisles with six-foot-tall RFID robots, rolling up and down scanning clothing tags for inventory.  

F&F, which is the name of the apparel unit of Tesco, the world's second-largest retailer by revenue, is running the robots as part of a five-store trial. Officially called RFspot Pro and nicknamed Robbie by the F&F team, the robots roam the floor, continually scanning tens of thousands of passive UHF EPC Gen2 tags, strolling up the aisles at about one meter/second on three sets of wheels, reading tags from as many as 30 feet away. ... " 

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