The Chinese e-commerce giant Suning present at CES 2019 the project “Magic Runway”, the intelligent vending machine.
While technologies similar to the Suning “Magic Runway” have been deployed at Neiman Marcus and Sephora in recent years, the Suning experience also includes a smart stylist function that can detect a customer’s gender and age and provide outfit recommendations.
Suning also unveiled a heat map based on thermal analysis to study passenger traffic flow in stores. This technology is designed to help store managers and operators learn about customer habits and preferences, resulting in improved efficiency and merchandise management.
Suning also showcased what it calls an “intelligent vending machine,” the Biu Robot. The AI-powered bot is based on facial recognition and can cruise within a certain range of any retail venue carrying goods for shoppers to look at and pick up. The robot uses weight recognition to determine which products customers pick up, and shoppers can pay by simply scanning the robot’s QR code.