How AI Is Boosting Robot Functionality for Workplace Applications Technology advancements are enabling less expensive, more functional robotic developments. Artificial intelligence and machine learning at the edge open the doors for developers and solution integrators to more easily create custom applications, including workplace temperature screening.   
Drones, Robots, and Cloud Give Libraries a High-Tech Makeover COVID-19 closed most libraries, but it didn’t stop librarians from serving a content-hungry public. In a book-friendly pivot, online services, automated messaging, and curbside pickups are keeping all types of printed materials steadily flowing in and out of libraries. When we can return to the library, IoT, RFID, drones, and robots may have bigger roles in tracking, shelving, and distributing popular library materials.    
Robotic Candy-Dispensing Door Delivers the Halloween Goods The Hershey Company has taken robotics and IoT out of the factory floor and onto the street. Coming this Halloween, keep an eye out for Reese’s Trick-or-Treat robotic device, a 9 ft. tall autonomous roving door. It can light up, open up, emit scary smoke, and provide a hands-free handoff of a king-sized Reese’s peanut butter cup when someone knocks.  
Robots Track Inventory and Help Keep Shelves Stocked Bossa Nova and NCR are setting up robots in 1,000 Walmart stores to help track inventory, so shelves can stay stocked and items are priced accurately. The six-foot-tall shelf scanners roam through aisles taking images and collecting data, so customers can purchase the supplies they need.   
Automation Testing Tools and Wearables Gear Up to Tackle Coronavirus Unknowns Data scientists and researchers are turning to robots, wearables, and data analytics to join the fight against COVID-19. Robots are helping to speed up test results, and sensor rings, watches, and wristbands are providing clues for early detection.  
Robotic Systems Join Workforce at Airports Around the Globe Airports around the globe are turning to robotics and automated IoT technology to help facilitate a range of automated workforce tasks, including cleaning, parking, and baggage handling.  
Retail Robotics: Automated Shelf Auditing and Analytics Robotics deliver positive improvements to the retail ecosystem, providing automated inventory monitoring and restocking functions. 
General Motors Revs Up its Robotic Factory Fleet GM and other global auto manufacturers are pioneers in adopting factory-based automation and continue to be the robotics industry’s largest customer. 
IoT Robots Take on a New Mission: Elder Health and Fitness Taiwanese-based ASUS is tapping into IoT solutions and developing companion-oriented robots as always-on-duty, affordable caregivers for the elderly.

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