A roving robot could soon be coming to a grocery store near you. Are you ready for it?

Writing this story all that goes flashing through my head is Rosie the Robot from the cartoon The Jetsons.

She cooked, cleaned, did laundry, made beds. It the kind of technology we could only dream of as kids. 'If only', we'd wish. Well, really more our busy parents than us.


But as an adult I have to admit I'm frightened and a little intimidated by AI and robots. It's probably something that's crossed YOUR mind at least once, 'Are they replacing us?'

Enter: Tally. ShopRite's new robot courtesy of Simbe Robotics.

Tally was designed to process inventory and has already been roving around several ShopRite stores in New Jersey, according to NJ.com.

The experiment reportedly went SO well, ShopRite will be adding Tally to more locations.

Tally rolls around the grocery store processing tens of thousands of shelf items per hour, working in concert with store employees of the human variety. But if you expect her to help reach that box of cereal on the top shelf, she (he?) is reportedly not meant to interact with customers. Gosh darn.

What Tally can do is keep track of products exceptionally well (and fast), detecting when shelves need to be restocked and making sure items are correctly priced.

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As capricious as I am about robot technology, I'll be interested to see Tally in one of our local ShopRites. I may even take a selfie with it.

Where Tally might show up at a ShopRite store in South Jersey remains a mystery, NJ.com reports, but keep an eye out!

Places in NJ where gun owners have sued to carry a legal gun

New Jersey passed its own law in December, trying to ban legal guns from “sensitive places.” 

A federal judge found many of those spots to be legally protected on grounds of armed self-defense, noting in her opinion, “Crowded locations are not sensitive places."

As of June, a federal appeals court granted the state attorney general's request to keep part of the law that bars people from carrying handguns in “sensitive places” in effect.

The decision means handguns cannot be carried in places such as zoos, public parks, public libraries and museums, bars, and health care facilities.

The law bars handguns from being carried in those places as well as schools and child care facilities. The lower court's May injunction did not specify those locations, and the appeals court also didn't remove the prohibition in those places.

Gallery Credit: Erin Vogt & The Associated Press

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