Could Your Next Store Visit Be Guided by a Robot? IBM Hopes So

Reddit Email Print Reprint Imagine walking into a store to be greeted by a friendly robot who guides you to the aisle where you can find those jeans you’ve had your eyes on. The robot helps you find the right size and then recommends a few tops that might look good with the jeans. If IBM (IBM – Get Report) has its way, that is exactly how the future store will work. IBM has partnered with Softbank to make retail robots a reality, and it showed off the experiment at the National Retail Federation’s big annual conference. The idea is that Softbank’s human-like robots Pepper, which is the first robot that can read emotion, and Nao, which was the company’s first humanoid robot, will be powered by IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence…


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