Gadgets for humans

A robot just replaced your grocery cashier


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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Published May 11, 2011 — 18:22 UTC