Smart Service Robots Lighten the Workload for Restaurants Robots are joining the wait staff at restaurants across Asia, and the COVID-19 pandemic is fueling interest in food service delivery robots in the US. They offer contactless interaction, promote social distancing, and can lighten the load of restaurants, many of which currently operate with a skeletal staff.  
Crime-fighting Robots Now Assigned to Zap Germs Initially built to prevent crime and assist people in need, ZMP security robots now are outfitted with disinfectant sprayers to rid public spaces of germs and bacteria and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in shared public areas.  
Smart Germbusters: Industrial Cleaning Robots Fight COVID-19 Autonomous robotic vacuums step in to provide thorough cleaning as buildings open up. Artificial intelligence lightens the load for a strapped janitorial staff amid pandemic concerns.  
Automation Nation: Fast, Efficient Same-Day and Last-Mile Delivery Solutions Providing door-to-door pickup and delivery, intelligent carts and robots are changing the way that packages are delivered, providing faster, safer, contactless delivery options for residential neighborhoods.   
Automation Meets Convenience Store: Micro Markets and Drive-Up Shops With much of the population aiming to reduce person-to-person interactions, consumers still need to shop, at least for groceries. Once considered novel showcases for technology innovation, stores that use IoT are gaining popularity in a frictionless world.  
Autonomous Transports Provide Safe, Contactless Delivery of Essentials With object detection, collision avoidance, and mapping technology, intelligent robotic transport solutions are being put to work, providing efficient, contactless delivery services for daily essentials, such as food to hospital workers treating COVID-19 patients.   
Virtual Reality Unleashes New Opportunities in Research, Training, and Retail When COVID-19 shuttered VR arcades, the businesses put their vast computing resources and problem-solving skills to work on finding clues to a cure. VR is proving its value beyond gaming and stepping confidently into commercial environments in healthcare, retail, and business.  
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.   

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