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Japan shop deploys robot to check people are wearing face masks

Robovie uses lasers to measure social distancing, politely asks shoppers to cover up and guides them around the storeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage
The ‘Robovie’ robot is helping customers in a shop in Japan keep to coronavirus measures. Photograph: NHK

A shop in Japan has enlisted a robot to ensure customers are wearing masks, as the country prepares for a possible third wave of coronavirus infections.

Robovie, developed by the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto, is able to pick out. It can also intervene when they fail to socially distance while queuing up to pay.

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