RFID Shopbots Begin Test Runs

NTT Communications is teaming with Tmsuk to test a RFID-controlled shopping assistant robot at a mall in Fukuoka. Basically the robot reads millions of RFID tags that are embedded into the floor of the mall, collecting information about everything in the shops. It works by having the shopper select a store/product destination, the robot will then direct the shopper to said store and then provide information about the store and its myriad contents. The robot also has a safe lock-box for valuables. The testing will begin on February 9th and continue through the 15th, so get thee to a Japanese mall.

RFID-Driven Shopping Assistant Robot [Via Picturephoning]