An automated retail machine is catching eyes and CE shoppers
By Audrey Gray
On the first floor of the Las Vegas Hilton, a hallway away from the blinking, clinking casino floor of one-armed bandits, tourists stop in their tracks and pull out cell phones to snap pictures of a one-armed sales clerk. The clerk doesn't mind. It happens every day, the curious glances and the comments. "No way! Check this out!" The clerk's single arm moves with precision, carefully picking up iPods and Sony PSP's and then pushing them toward Vegas visitors willing to swipe their credit cards. Despite the sideshow atmosphere, each sale is quiet and efficient—downright mechanical, actually. Just what you'd expect from a robot encased behind glass.