After years of teasing the next wave of robots, a company called AfterSales, is set to launch a robotic vending machine that will be sold to retailers, restaurants, and even government offices.
The robot, dubbed AfterSale, will have a wide array of features and capabilities, including an onboard sensor and a battery life of at least 20 hours.
Its capabilities include, among other things, having a built-in remote control that lets you control the robot from your mobile device and can read and write to your mobile phone’s GPS.
According to the company, the company is currently working on integrating with smart homes and other connected devices.
AfterShips CEO and founder James Poulter, who has been developing the robots since 2015, said the robot is “the future of vending.”
AfterSails is the brainchild of Poulters son, Josh, and co-founder Alex.
The two plan to make the robot available to the public and sell it at retail stores and other outlets.
It is designed to offer the vending public the convenience of a vending machine with the ability to order items in person or remotely, and the ability of a machine to deliver food and drinks from its home.
The company has also designed a number of smart home products that it will sell to consumers that will allow it to communicate with devices, including its own Nest Thermostat.
The vending robot will be the first of its kind in the world, and Poults team plans to introduce the device to stores in the first half of 2019.
The first order of business, however, is for the robot to go live at a retail outlet in New York.
After the robot goes live at the outlet, it will be delivered to the retailer and put on display for public viewing.
After that, it can be placed in its designated area, where it can stay for up to a month, Poulted said.
The after-sale services provider also plans to sell the robot at its retail stores in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York State, as well as in other states and territories.
The AfterS Sales robots are expected to cost between $4,000 and $5,000, depending on the design and size of the robot, Poulster said.
While the robot itself will have all of the capabilities of a standard vending machine, the after- sales services provider will be able to customize the robot based on the customer’s preferences, including where they are in their homes, whether they have a smartphone or not, and whether they are able to make purchases with the vending machine.
Currently, the AfterS sales service provider does not plan to offer a smartphone-based version of the Aftersales robot.
Poulting said after-Sales will be selling its robots exclusively to the retail and restaurant industries, but he added that the company has “no plans” to sell to the military, and he is “still in the early stages” of developing the robot.
According a statement from the After Sales team, AfterSears robots will be available in five different sizes.
The initial prototype is expected to have a height of between 16 inches and 22 inches, with a width of 6 inches and a depth of 12 inches.
The robots will feature a camera that will take images of the consumer as they enter the shop.
Poulsters team said the robots will “allow consumers to purchase products in person and remotely,” as well, and will be capable of “tracking customer progress” when they leave the store and return to the store.
The team has already built prototypes for the Aftersale service, but Poultes team said it plans to go “big” with the aftersales robots, and it is planning to offer multiple models of the robots.
In addition to the AfterSales robots, the startup also plans on creating a version of its robotic vending machines for use in the healthcare industry, Pons said.
“We want to develop the next generation of vending machines,” Poultered said.