Artificial Intelligence: AI Robot TX SCARA To Debut In 300 FamilyMart Stores In Japan

TX SCARA will takeover the tedious task of restocking refrigerated shelves with bottles and cans.

Telexistence Inc., the Japanese robotics company, announced the launch of its TX SCARA restocking robots in 300 FamilyMart convenience stores in Japan later this month as part of its AI-based “robot-as-a-service” for grocery retailers. (AsianNews)

TX SCARA can work 24/7 at the highly repetitive and mundane task of restocking refrigerated shelves with bottles and cans at the rate of up to 1,000 bottles and cans per day. Its AI system, dubbed “GORDON,” is able to sense what stocks need to be replenished.

By freeing up store employees from this manual and low-brow activity, store owners can instead focus on more value-added objectives such as improving the environment and profitability of the store.

“In developed countries like Japan, the shortage of human labor is rapidly becoming apparent in the retail and logistics industries, which support human life in society,” said Jin Tomioka, CEO of Telexistence. “We are promoting large-scale production and social implementation of our robots for industries other than factory automation, industries that function as the infrastructure for daily life in society. We also will bring our automated labor solutions to other regions, such as the United States.”

“Moving from proof-of-concept to mass production of 300 remotely-operated robots with deep AI capabilities is a major step forward,” notes Dr. Lewis Pinault, Airbus Ventures Partner based in Tokyo. “As an early investor of Telexistence, we are thrilled to see the company’s diverse, richly talented team begin to take flight, rolling out their advanced technology across Japan and activating new channels in support of their future expansion in North America.”

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