Café X in San Francisco pushes the boundaries of automation and customer service by using  an industrial-strength, smart robotic claw to bring coffee orders to customers. In this ultra-modern coffee shop, a mechanical barista, a Mitsubishi 6-axis industrial robot, can whip out 100 to 120 custom orders per hour.

Today’s retail industry is undergoing a transformation driven by continually evolving customer expectations, intensifying competitiveness and constant innovation. A huge source of this innovation is the IoT, creating far-reaching disruption in the retail market. MarketAndMarkets has projected that the retail IoT market will reach $35.64 billion by 2020, and if you take diverse business models and objectives of IoT projects such as service revenue, spend and cost-savings into account, Juniper forecasts the IoT opportunity will approach $300 billion annually by the same year.

With a touch screen and AI technology, the network-ready Pepsi Spire® digital soda dispenser jolts the self-serve drinking fountain business back to life.

This infographic demonstrates the Intel Retail Sensor Platform, which enables simple, effective inventory tracking and insight for brick-and-mortar retail environments.

Product marketing engineer Brian Roberts talks about the SteadyServ iKeg, which measures beer amounts and tracks kegs through supply, delivering real-time status, auto ordering info, and analytics from the cloud.

Intel Corp. wants to revolutionize the retail environment through a new Internet of Things retail platform that delivers a deeper understanding of how stores and people interact.

This week’s IoT news looks at a mix of activity across industries and the IoT ecosystem. Intel showcased its consumer side at CES 2017, and Hertz will give drivers a new set of IoT keys. With transition in the  future, The Department of Commerce offered its framework for IoT, and HPE tapped a new channel leader. Plus, wireless carriers hone in on IoT connectivity.

More than just a means of advertising, digital signage is a powerful tool for any organization that wants to disseminate information and communicate messages to a large audience in a timely manner. The ability to strategically place and deliver targeted content in a wide variety of locations makes digital signage integral to the success of many businesses.

You've perhaps never seen a full-blown computer smaller than Intel's amazingly thin Compute Card, announced for the first time at CES.At first glance, it's easy to mistake the modular computer for a credit card or smart card.

Population health management is turning out to be a hotspot where data collected from IoT sensors has the potential to bring broad rewards. With a bevy of IoT-based fitness and certified medical devices available in 2017, data streams from wearables and health monitoring devices can be used alongside clinical data to provide doctors with a clear, near real-time picture of a patient’s health.


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