Robot reminds Japan shoppers to wear masks
20 November 2020 | 6:54 am
'Robovie' the robot works at a sports shop in the Japanese city of Osaka, where he usually directs shoppers to what they are looking for. But during the pandemic, he has a new task – reminding customers who are not wearing a mask to put one on, and asking people to keep their distance when queuing.
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