In Japan, robots were taught to put goods on shelves

In the Japanese chain store FamilyMart, robot assistants have been launched. They know how to arrange goods on shelves, as well as pick up those items that have fallen on the floor.

FamilyMart, a chain of 24-hour family stores, has launched a robot called Model-T, developed by Japanese company Telexistence. The two-meter-high robot travels on a wheeled platform and uses cameras, microphones, and sensors. Each of his limbs has three fingers, so he can move cans, bottles or larger objects.

FamilyMart noted that they plan to benefit from the help of three more robots before the end of this year. They will launch dozens of more devices in 20 stores by 2022.

“He is able to grab, pick or place objects of all shapes and sizes in different places,” said Matt Komatsu, head of business development and operations at Telexistence.

Model-T tests were carried out in two Japanese retail chains – FamilyMart and Lawson. The car was controlled remotely from the developer’s office using a virtual reality device. Presumably, one operator will be able to layout the goods in several stores at once. However, in a few years, the devices will start working autonomously.

Engineers note that while the robot is inferior in speed to a person, however, it can completely replace it functionally. It takes him 8 seconds to display one product, and a live employee copes with it in 5 seconds. In addition, the robot is not yet able to layout baked goods, vegetables, and fruits.