Walmart is striking back to make sure that shopping in a physical store is just as free of calorie-burning activity. The shopping cart is being developed by Five Elements Robotics, who have a similar robot called the Budgee. It's a robot with big blue eyes that looks like it could easily go HAL 9000 when you decide you probably need two cans of frosting, one for the cake and one for your mouth.
"I'm sorry Dustin, I can't do that."
Walmart has not responded to a request for comment on the potential project, but Five Elements CEO Wendy Roberts spilled the beans at last week's Bloomberg Technology Conference, reports ZDNet.
While the retailer isn't confirming any plans publicly, their intention of investing in technology to push back against online retailers is clear. They've revamped their website for easier online purchasing, developed app-based self check-outs and have invested in drones to help do work in their warehouses.