How googly eyes will bring about the downfall of humanity

Jan. 18, 2019

The ending of “The Terminator” might have been a lot different if the T-800 had been equipped with adorable googly eyes.

How do you get humans to turn a blind eye to the impending robot apocalypse? With googly eyes, of course. Giant Food Stores, a grocery chain along the East Coast, has unveiled a new robotic employee called Marty that is engineered to make stores safer. The robot looks for out-of-stocks on shelves, scans unit price tags, and generates reports. The worst part is that Marty is outfitted with a pair of novelty googly eyes, prompting shoppers to stop and take selfies with it. The ending of “The Terminator” might have been a lot different if the T-800 had been equipped with adorable googly eyes.

According to David Grossman for Popular Mechanics: "The robots aren't quite replacing the humans in these supermarkets. Built by Brain Corp., which has also built robotic janitors for Walmart, Martys will be alerting humans to problems that need their attention. They'll move through the Giants and when they notice spills or other trip hazards, they'll alert customers verbally and reach out to employees through the store's public announcement system."

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

Sponsored Recommendations

Reduce engineering time by 50%

March 28, 2024
Learn how smart value chain applications are made possible by moving from manually-intensive CAD-based drafting packages to modern CAE software.

Filter Monitoring with Rittal's Blue e Air Conditioner

March 28, 2024
Steve Sullivan, Training Supervisor for Rittal North America, provides an overview of the filter monitoring capabilities of the Blue e line of industrial air conditioners.

Limitations of MERV Ratings for Dust Collector Filters

Feb. 23, 2024
It can be complicated and confusing to select the safest and most efficient dust collector filters for your facility. For the HVAC industry, MERV ratings are king. But MERV ratings...

The Importance of Air-To-Cloth Ratio when Selecting Dust Collector Filters

Feb. 23, 2024
Selecting the right filter cartridges for your application can be complicated. There are a lot of things to evaluate and air-to-cloth ratio. When your filters ...