Shelf scanning robot finds misplaced library books

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Libraries, those bastions of off-line books, are increasingly looking to tech for ways to make life easier for both the staff and the visitors. Japan has tested a digital inventory and reservation system, and an Android app can flag incorrectly shelved books. With Autonomous Robotic Shelf Scanning (AuRoSS) technology, Singapore’s Institute for Infocomm Research has developed a mobile robot that works alone at night, scanning the bar code of each book and compiling a list of incorrectly shelved or missing books. Equipped with a combination of laser, Radio Frequency Identification reader, robotic arm and mobile body, the AuRoSS robot is…

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