Inventory robot removes 'stock boy' from list of human job options

As if we needed another human job removed from the list of ways to pay back our college loans, the good folks at Carnegie Mellon University have unveiled a new robot designed to be the perfect stock manager.

The AndyVision is a robot that trolls the corridors of a store and looks for items that are out of stock, thus keeping shelves full and potential profits coming. AndyVision uses a database combination of 2D and 3D imagery, along with a machine learning algorithm, to process and report the missing stock on the store shelves.

Currently the robot is only being used as a prototype test in Carnegie Mellon's campus store, but the school hopes to put the AndyVision in other commercial outlets in the near future. You can see the robot in action in the video below.

Via MIT Technology Review

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