I came across this interesting new robot development (ATR) currently being tested in Japan. This robot can carry a small handled shopping cart and give nutritional advice to the consumer. Although it seems positioned for the elderly, this might be a great service for consumers of all ages with special needs, such as newly diagnosed diabetics, gluten intolerant, nut or food allergies sufferer or people with celiac disease. I also find that the carrying of the actual shopping basket is useful for individuals with mobility problems who do not desire to use the traditional courtesy shopping scooters available in many USA grocery stores. Perhaps future models will be able to reach higher shelves and bring down products for height challenged individual as myself. Conversely those with knee or leg issues may find having assistance at lower shelves also useful no matter how short or tall they are.
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