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Robot shopping by live video feed

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Repurpose industrial robots to have one grabbing manipulator, a video camera, and enough back-end processing to understand barcodes, determine package grappling maneuver, and determine product path to the basket.

Modern industrial robots can be quickly fed a layout of the store, and move to a charging stand when needed. Communicating on Wi-Fi, the robots could be controlled by a central location.

When the need for quarantine is relieved from a location, the robots can be disinfected and move to another location.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Grocery store workers are forced to interact with strangers people all day. They are expected to handle money, and be nice to everyone regardless of their demeanor.

They are at extreme risk.

Shoppers like to view products in person. Online sales have not replaced in-person shopping for these basic human reasons. The desire to view and deliberate over shopping for food products can be accommodated with a live video view. The robot is directed wherever the shopper decides to go, inventory is viewable immediately, and the shopper can be free to think while shopping.

The completed package of groceries could be delivered to a common pickup point at the front of the store.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Stores adapt product layout to protect fragile items from being crushed. Stores adapt product experience allowing virtual in-person shopping. Stores adapt payment to be done through a mobile app. Checkout person is removed from the loop. Store restocking can be done in a sanitized space. Substantial shopping can be accomplished directly from the shipping box in the back of the store. No need for extensive presentation efforts. Simplified cleaning procedures since human traffic is significantly reduced. Robots can monitor worker temperature for early warning.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • I plan to share with an implementing organization

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Grocery workers would never be exposed to infection. Shoppers experience convenient and safe in-person shopping. Parking spaces are eliminated since shoppers merely drive through to pick up their order. Management of stores is reduced to robot maintenance and restocking. Benefit could occur within three months since all of the technology is off the shelf.

What is the name of your business or organization?


What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Cultural Technology

What is your profession?

product design, technical writing, consulting

Where are you located (country)?

Concord, MA

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • At Home Parent
  • Athletics/Fitness/Wellness
  • Business/Consulting
  • Customer Experience/Service
  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy
  • Self Employed
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Concept/I have not yet formed an organization

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Loans
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

Funding advice Industry connections to pitch

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?


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Photo of Isaac Jumba

Welcome to the challenge om G . Could you share what the progress has been around your concept so far?