Grocery shopping has typically been very straightforward, and perhaps one of the more hi-tech advancements in the experience has been the introduction of using our phones to make payments, or at least that was until Amazon decided to come along with their Amazon Go shopping technology.
However as it turns out, Amazon isn’t the only ones who are interested in making shopping a more hi-tech experience. It would seem that Intel is just as interested as they have announced the Intel Responsive Retail Platform, in which the company is expected to invest as much as $100 million towards creating a smarter retail space.
This initiative isn’t so much about a single device, but rather it is creating a common set of sensors, software, and other pieces of hardware that will all work together to help speed up the process of inventory tracking, collection of data on buying habits, personalized shopping experiences, and so on. The idea is that retailers won’t have to seek out separate solutions for all their needs, but instead turn to Intel and their partners for products that can work seamlessly together.
An example would be Talley by Simbe Robotics. This is a robotic autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution for retail. According to Intel, “Tally works in concert with retail associates by arming them with information to ensure the store’s products are always stocked, in the right place and displaying the correct price tag.” It is powered by Intel’s processors and also uses the RealSense technology to help make sense of its surroundings.