03 Jul '12, 11am

CMU's AndyVision Robot Is In Your Store, Doing Your Inventory: This hoodie-clad robot is taking over in Carnegie...

CMU's AndyVision Robot Is In Your Store, Doing Your Inventory: This hoodie-clad robot is taking over in Carnegie...

Underneath that color-coordinated hoodie is AndyVision, Carnegie Mellon's inventory assistance robot. It's programmed to take over the utter drudgery* of daily retail inventory, helping stores figure out what customers want and customers figure out how to get it. You'll probably recognize the Kinect sensor underneath AndyVision's hoody, and he's also got a fairly simple mobile base with sonar for obstacle avoidance. Using Kinect, AndyVision scans store shelves to count items for inventory (using contextual object recognition), and will wirelessly alert store staff to low stock, no stock, or items that have been misplaced. Meanwhile, customers get access to real-time data on what items are where and how many are left. The technology involved isn't anything new and crazy, but this is a great example of a (relatively) simple robot being used to do valuable autonomous work in ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-ro...

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