At the recent National Retail Federation's BIG Show, the Bossa Nova robot could be found at Intel's trade show booth, showing off a simplified way for retail stores to track inventory and maintain product displays.
The autonomous robot boasts the ability to scan the shelves of a store with its sensors, 2D and 3D depth-detecting cameras. The bot even may be used to capture items with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and invisible barcodes for streamlined inventory management.
While many people fear that autonomous robots will entirely replace human employees, the Bossa Nova robot offers a perfect example of collaboration. The bot works alongside store staff, who handle the manual restocking tasks, while the robot simply automates some of the more tedious parts of the job. Currently, Bossa Nova is at work in 50 Walmart stores.