Robots in Retail
The goal of this project is to explore how robots can be used in retail spaces to assist shoppers that may have visual or mobility impairments. Through discussion with a certified mobility and orientation specialist, we discovered many misconceptions surrounding the blind and visually impaired (BVI) population. These misconceptions drive misinformed research into robotic assistants that are misaligned with the unmet needs of the BVI population and are an inefficient use of precious resources. We discuss these misconceptions in this paper.