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Another Job Lost To Robots: Shelf Stock Checker


When items are running low in your local supermarket, an actual human has to first notice this, and then start the process of re-ordering and restocking. Granted, it’s what grocery stores have been doing since forever, but now thanks to Tally, an autonomous robot from Sembe robotics, the kid in charge of doing this may be out of a job. Tally roams the aisles and scans the shelves, noting stock levels and automatically notifying its human owners if anything is running low or is misplaced. It knows its own way back to a charging station, and can work during normal business hours, rubbing elbows with people and drawing the attention of kids of any age. It’s currently in testing with several North American retailers, but there’s no word on any eventual mass rollout. We say it’s just a matter of time.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Paytouch Lets You Buy Stuff Using Your Fingerprints


Paying for stuff just got easier with Paytouch. Of course, it’ll depend on the number of establishments that will choose to roll out the system in their stores, but the premise of the technology is simple: you pay with your touch. Basically, Paytouch links your credit card information with your fingerprint so all you have to do is have the machine scan your fingerprint whenever you want to make a purchase.

It completely eliminates the need to carry cards anymore. Heck, you could even do without carrying a wallet when you go out anymore, since all you’ll need are your fingers (which happen to be conveniently attached to your body).

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Magic Mirror Changes The Color Of The Clothing You’re Trying On The Spot

On October 5 of this year, Uniqlo opened its fifth retail location in the United States, and its first on the West Coast. They set up shop at Union Square in San Francisco and amid the fanfare of a new store opening was the news of an interesting piece of technology. The store is using something they call the Magic Mirror, and it helps shoppers decide which item to buy by making it unnecessary to try the various colours available. Instead, you just put one of the items on and walk in front of the special mirror; a touchscreen then prompts you to select other hues and projects your modified reflection back to you. Developed by “the worlds leading printing company Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), this ‘virtual dressing room’” uses the Kinect’s color-changing engine and a half-mirror touch panel to achieve its magic.

And… that’s it. If you’re in the Bay Area, you might want to stroll on in just to check that out.

[ Press Release ] VIA [Damn Geeky ]