Tally robot to keep make shelf-stackers nervous
13 November 2015 | 0
An autonomous robot was unveiled this week that can make sure that when you’re doing your weekly shop therell be a bag waiting for you at the supermarket.
Simbe Robotics, based in San Francisco, announced its first product, a 13kg robot called Tally that can move up and down a store’s aisles checking inventory. The robot determines what products need restocking and send reports to workers who can add more stock. Tally also is set up to work during normal store hours, alongside employees and customers.
“Tally performs repetitive and laborious tasks of auditing shelves for out-of-stock items, low stock items, misplaced items, and pricing errors,” the company said in a release. “Tally has the ability to audit shelves cheaper, more frequently, and significantly faster than existing processes; and with near-perfect accuracy.”
The robot is equipped with multiple sensors that not only scan shelves for inventory but scan the aisles to make sure the robot isn’t bumping into shelves, displays or shoppers.
Data that the robot captures is sent to the cloud where it is processed and analysed and is accessible to floor staff.
The robot comes with a charging dock that the machine will autonomously navigate back to when it needs charging.
Simbe said that its robots can help stores not only keep their shelves stocked but also increase customer satisfaction, push sales and reduce operational costs.
IDG News Service