South Korean convenience store chain to offer robot delivery

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (UPI) — A South Korean convenience store chain has announced plans to launch a robot delivery service, as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes the service industry to go contactless.

GS Retail, which runs the ubiquitous GS25 convenience store brand, announced Monday the robot service would be rolled out at its outlet in western Seoul.

“So many South Korean conglomerates and startups are working on the technologies related to delivery robots,” said Choi Sung-lok of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute. “Technical development and social change will bring about more delivery robots.”

Customers will make orders through an instant messenger, triggering a store clerk to place products on the robot while inputting the destination and the customer’s mobile phone number.

Then the 4.3-foot-tall robot will carry the items to the customer, who can unlock a drawer on the robot’s body by typing a PIN after getting a message that

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MIT computer system generates the right robot for the job


The RoboGrammar computer system, developed at MIT, can generate hundreds of thousands of robot designs to tackle particular terrain (Credit: Courtesy of the researchers)
The RoboGrammar computer system, developed at MIT, can generate hundreds of thousands of robot designs to tackle particular terrain (Credit: Courtesy of the researchers)


Choosing the right shape is vital for a robot’s ability to traverse a particular terrain, but it is impossible to build and test every potential form. Now, however, an MIT system could solve that problem by simulating designs and working out which is the best fit.

The computer system, known as RoboGrammar, was developed by a team led by Allan Zhao at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

First, the user tells the system what parts are available, such as wheels and joints, before telling it what terrain the robot needs to navigate. RoboGrammar does the rest, generating an optimised structure and control programme for the robot.

The advance could inject computer-aided creativity into the field, a research announcement claimed.

“Robot design is

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Walmart Cyber Monday 2020: 70-inch 4K TV , robot vacuums, price cuts on Xbox, Switch and PS4 games

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Cyber Monday is upon us. If you’re still bargain hunting after Black Friday, you still have time to capitalize on the many deals still available and several new deals that have been added today. You’ll find discounts between now and Christmas, but this is the height of the shopping season.

It’s little surprise that Walmart’s Black Friday sale is continuing through Cyber Monday. Yes, the XboxPS5AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out, but you can still get in on some great deals. Similarly, while the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle has been impossible to get hold of this shopping season, it was in stock early Sunday morning at Walmart. The newer Fortnite

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Push-up Robot Holds You Hostage Until You Finish a Workout

Personally speaking, mustering the will to do pushups requires a lot of psyching myself up. A lot of walking around in circles, fiddling with my music, and wondering if maybe doing an extra few sets of overhead tricep extensions or holding a plank for two minutes would be a sufficient alternative to the dreaded pushup. Perhaps, it would be “easier” if, oh I don’t know, I programmed a robot to lock my feet in place so I can’t escape until I’ve done the damn pushups.

That’s exactly what YouTube user I Made This did. Behold, a pillory for your feet. In a video (via BoingBoing), I Made This demonstrates his crudely made robot, which has cut-outs that you place your ankles through before it clamps shut. Then, the upper half lowers and you’re trapped. You tell the computer controlling the robot how many push-ups you want to do and

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Spotted: Amazon robot maps sidewalks north of Seattle, laden with cameras and sensors

An Amazon sidewalk mapping robot being driven in Everett, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Tim Ellis)

While I was out on an ordinary drive through Everett, Wash., on Saturday morning, in between grabbing a donut for my daughter and a coffee for my wife, I spotted something interesting: An unmarked, six-wheeled robot being driven down the sidewalk on Broadway.

I immediately thought of Scout, Amazon’s package delivery robot that allegedly began testing in 2019 in an unnamed Snohomish County neighborhood, and rolled out Irvine, Calif., Atlanta, and Franklin, Tenn. earlier this year. Ever since the initial announcement, I’ve been keeping a close eye out for the robots, but to date I’ve neither seen them myself nor have I seen any evidence of a real-life sighting on social media.

When the robot turned down a side street in Everett’s Riverside neighborhood, I decided to follow it and stop to get a closer

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Early Cordless Vacuum, Robot Vacuum, Steam Mop & More Sales Listed by Retail Fuse

Early Black Friday Shark vacuum deals are here, find all the latest early Black Friday VACMOP, IQ/ION robot, steam mop, upright vacuum & more discounts on this page

Find all the best early Shark vacuum deals for Black Friday, together with cordless, upright, stick, ION & IQ robot vacuums and more offers. Links to the top deals are listed below.

Best Shark Deals:

Best Shark Robot Vacuum Deals:

Best Shark Cordless Vacuum Deals:

  • Save up to $110 on Shark cordless vacuums at Walmart – check the latest prices on the IONFlex, Navigator, APEX DuoClean, and other top-rated Shark cordless vacuum cleaners

  • Save up to $50 off on a wide range of Shark cordless vacuum models at Target – click the link to see the latest savings on UltraCyclone Pro, VACMOP, WANDVAC, Vertex Duoclean, and more

  • Save up to $71 on Shark cordless vacuums at Amazoncheck the latest deals

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Early Roomba Robot Vacuum Deals Collated by Spending Lab

The best early Roomba 985 & 980 deals for Black Friday, featuring Roomba 980, 985 and more robot vacuum deals

Early Black Friday Roomba 980 & 985 deals for 2020 are here. Find the latest savings on iRobot Roomba robotic vacuums, accessories and more. Links to the top deals are listed below.

Best Roomba 980 & 985 Deals:

Best Roomba Deals:

  • Save up to $400 on a wide range of Roomba robot vacuum bundles & deals at Walmart – check deals available on the Roomba 980, 960, 690, Braava jet M6 and more new and refurbished models

  • Save up to $90 on iRobot Roomba robot vacuums at Amazon – check deals on the best-selling iRobot Roomba 960, s9, i7, i7+, 650 and e5 models

  • Save up to $100 on Roomba robot vacuums & robot mops at Target – save on iRobot smart cleaning products including the Roomba 675, e5, Braava

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Early Roomba s9 & s9+ Robot Vacuum Sales Published by Retail Egg

Comparison of the top early Roomba s9 deals for Black Friday, featuring sales on the Roomba s9 and s9+ robotic vacuums

Here’s a summary of the top early Roomba s9 deals for Black Friday 2020, including savings on iRobot Roomba s9 and s9+ robot vacuums. Links to the top deals are listed below.

Best Roomba s9 Deals:

  • Save up to $400 on a wide range of Roomba robot vacuum bundles & deals at Walmart – check deals available on the Roomba 980, 960, 690, Braava jet M6 and more new and refurbished models

  • Save up to $90 on iRobot Roomba robot vacuums at Amazon – check deals on the best-selling iRobot Roomba 960, s9, i7, i7+, 650 and e5 models

  • Save up to $100 on Roomba robot vacuums & robot mops at Target – save on iRobot smart cleaning products including the Roomba 675, e5, Braava Jet 230 robot mop

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