TSA’s Self-Service Checkpoint

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing a new self-screening system at the Las Vegas airport.

Many people are comparing the new system to self-checkout lanes at grocery stores. The system uses a virtual agent to answer questions, who do not have to be physically present at the checkpoint.

The system promises to streamline the process and use fewer agents.

The self-screening system also has automated conveyors for luggage screening which can automatically send the luggage for additional screening.

Additionally, the body scanner instructs […]

The Changing Retail Checkout Lane

Worldwide, a variety of approaches are being tried for retail checkout. Many of these approaches are changing how checkout lanes function.

Approaches include facial recognition for payment; scan-and-go with personalized pricing; a smart grocery cart that identifies items as they are placed in the cart; and a smart grocery store with frictionless checkout that allows customers to view and approve their basket.

In addition, one very interesting approach is being tried: the slow checkout lane. Not in a hurry, want to chat […]

How 2 Billion PEEPS Are Made Each Year

PEEPS are the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy, and the spotlighted video shows the automated production process used to make over 2 billion PEEPS each year.


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This post is based on the Tomorrow’s World Today article, Candy Creation: A Conversation with PEEPS® Brand Manager Caitlin Servian, by TWT and Caitlyn Servian, March 27, 2024, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Vector_KIF/Shutterstock

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Robots Flippy, Sippy, and Chippy Used in Fast Food Kitchens

The use of robots in restaurants continues to expand.

For example, Flippy the robot has been around since 2018, flipping burgers. It even worked at Dodger Stadium. Since Flippy’s introduction, improvements to Flippy have been made. Flippy 2.0 has expanded from making burgers to operating fry stations. White Castle plans to install over 100 robot cooks in its kitchens.

Flippy is also used by Wing Stop for the last step in the wing making process. Chippy, an iteration of Flippy, makes chips […]

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