30 Jul '16, 8pm

Walmart and Five Elements Robotics Working on Robotic Shopping Cart

It’s been a few years since we first met Five Elements Robotics at RoboBusiness, where they introduced Budgee , a sort of robotic stuff-carrier that will follow you around with up to 22 kilograms of your junk by homing in on a small ultrasonic emitter. Last week at the Bloomberg Technology Conference, Five Elements CEO Wendy Roberts announced that Walmart is evaluating a prototype of a new Five Elements robotic shopping cart called Dash. Dash is much more than an upgraded version of Budgee; it’s a completely new platform, specifically designed for autonomous shopping assistance. There are a lot of things I like about this idea. There’s a clear value proposition to a robot that can carry groceries, guide shoppers directly to the items they want, and then handle paying for those items, since people hate doing all of those things. Also, unlike Budgee, you don’t have to worry ...

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