Spill-Detecting Googly-Eyed Robot Coming To Giant Grocery Stores

January 22, 2019


This is a shot of Marty, a googly eyed robot that's going to be dispatched to all 172 Giant grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia to identify spills in the stores and notify human employees to clean them up BECAUSE GOD FORBID IT SHOULD CLEAN THEM UP ITSELF *under breath* you lazy turd.

The in-store robots will move around on their own, identifying hazards like liquid, powder and bulk-food spills and reporting them to human employees.

The robots will free up Giant employees to spend more time helping customers, the Carlisle-based company says.

"Bringing robotics and A.I. from a research lab to the sales floor has been a very exciting journey, and we were thrilled by the customer response in our pilot stores," said Nicholas Bertram, president of Giant Food Stores. "Our associates have worked hard to bring this innovation to life with amazing partners.

There should be a robot in every store by mid-2019, according to Giant.

No word how long it will be before a Marty tramples a child, but *laying on floor in spilled ketchup* quick, start screaming bloody murder. Oooh -- and pass me a package of Double Stuf OREOs. At the bare minimum they won't make me pay for those.

Thanks to Closet Nerd and Lana, who agree Giant should save their robot money and hired an actual human to have another checkout line open.

  • A robot observed Tuesday at a Stop & Shop store in Seekonk, Massachusetts, alerted store associates to a price tag that had fallen in one aisle, and a tiny sprig of herbs in another. After moving along for a few minutes, it returned to the scene of each spill and waited until an employee pushed a button to acknowledge that the debris was picked up. | Shure Plug

  • Nicholas Conrad

    And now in 'robots are cheaper than $15/hr teenagers' news....

  • Douchy McDouche

    Is this a marketing campaign for Chopping Mall 2?

  • AtomicMountain

    "Accidental" supermarket spills are about to skyrocket.

  • Jenness

    I just wonder how long it will be before some psycho tries to make out with it.

  • The_Wretched

    What an utter waste of resources. Have the unbought food runners or stockers make a note of it. Or hell, just listen to the customers and call for clean up on Aisle 3.

  • Bling Nye

    It's for monitoring "spills" only, certainly not "customer surveillance and monitoring"... If it follows you as you shop, it's purely coincidence.

  • The_Wretched

    I suspect you're right and it's a 'spill detection robot' in much the same way that drones with cameras are for 'business use' only. I'd be shocked were it not leveraged for harassing black shoppers, tracking everyone's shopping habits and upskirts.

  • Closet Nerd

    I'll see if it can tell the difference between a spill and urine.... for science

  • Closet Nerd

    I'm heading up to Southampton on Saturday to visit my in-laws... gonna have to make a detour to Giant and see this MOFO

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