This article was published on May 11, 2011

A robot just replaced your grocery cashier


A robot just replaced your grocery cashier
Courtney Boyd Myers
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Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

Today, IEEE Spectrum reported that the PR2 robot is now capable of gripping items off a grocery belt and extracting the shape information from one simple 3D scan thanks to researchers at Stanford University. After the robot picks up an object, it scans for the barcode, adds it to your bill and bags the item for you.

While it’s a slow process for now, this robot that was recently presented at ICRA 2011 in Shanghai is dangerously close to snagging your job at Shop Rite.

Watch the robot in action here:

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