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1. (WO2018204833) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY RESTOCKING ITEMS ON SHELVES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/204833    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/031166
Publication Date: Fri Nov 09 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Sat May 05 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: G06Q 10/08
G06K 9/62
G06K 9/78
G06T 7/73
H04N 7/18
Applicants: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
Inventors: NEMATI, Behzad
NAZARIAN, Ehsan
Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY RESTOCKING ITEMS ON SHELVES
Abstract:
Systems, methods and computer-readable media for automating the restocking of shelves process by sending a notification when a product on a shelf has reached, or will reach, an undesired level of emptiness. This is determined using imaging sensors, such as cameras, which can calculate how full or empty a respective shelf is and predict when the shelf will need to be restocked. When the restocking time arrives, the notification can be sent to automated systems, which automatically cause new products to be stocked on the shelf, or can be sent to human beings (such as store associates) who can then perform the restocking.