Virtual Assistants Take on COVID-19 Screening, Docent Duties Artificial intelligence and speech and gesture interfaces enable VR-assistants and robotic greeters to interact with tourists in new ways at popular museums and events. From health screening to temperature checks to language translation, these virtual assistants help visitors get in, get around, and get more out of the exhibits.  
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.  
Smart Shelf Tech Enhances Retail Sales and Eases Inventory Management Even the most mundane tasks such as grocery shopping are getting a boost from IoT technologies. While consumers benefit from targeted marketing and contactless interactions, retailers can increase profits with data-driven insights regarding purchasing patterns and inventory management.  
AnyVision Fast-Tracks Development of AI-based Vision Applications Using Intel® DevCloud for the Edge as a sandbox for testing, prototyping, and solution optimization, AnyVision fine tunes its edge-based computer vision and AI solutions for a growing need for visual intelligence in security and payment systems.  
WonderStore Uses IoT and Analytics to Create Smart Store Solution WonderStore provides brick-and-mortar retail stores with shopper insights that rival online shopping data analytics. To develop its smart store technology, WonderStore used Intel® DevCloud for the Edge to create a solution that can enhance real-time customer insights using the power of AI and the cloud.  
Intelligent Vending Machines Dispense Consumer Insight to Operators IoT technologies in smart vending machines allow operators to see what products are selling, when to restock, and which machines need maintenance—all from a centralized dashboard. With added displays and visual capabilities, vending machines can suggest additional purchase options or display ads, increasing profitability.  
Restaurants Lean on Digital Ordering Systems to Push Through the Pandemic Self-service kiosks and mobile ordering apps are helping restaurants stay in business during a pandemic that threatens their traditional operations. IoT technologies have enabled QSRs to be leaner and more efficient, while protecting the health and safety of their customers and staff.   
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.   
How Three IoT Innovators Are Helping Mitigate Lost Retail Revenue Retailers are moving toward a fundamental shift in inventory management: getting rid of slow, manual checks in favor of fast, automated recognition and response.