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Robot Walks Grocery Aisles, Keeping Tabs on Restocking Needs

An autonomous robot was unveiled recently that can make sure that when you're hankering for Doritos, there's a bag waiting for you at the market.

Simbe Robotics, based in San Francisco, announced its first product, a 30-pound 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.

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Simbe Robotics, based in San Francisco, announced its first product, a 30-pound 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.

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