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Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

By Reuters

July 17, 2020

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In August, a robot from Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.

FamilyMart plans to expand deployment of the telepresence robot to about 20 of its Tokyo outlets by 2022.

Human operators initially will operate the Model T robots remotely with virtual reality goggles and motion-sensor controls until their artificial intelligence can learn to mimic human movements.

Telexistence uses human operators to train its robots, which is far less expensive than complex programming.

The Model T vaguely resembles a kangaroo, a design choice meant to put shoppers at ease by avoiding a more unsettling humanlike appearance.

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