Apple is at present changing extra of its retail places into Express Stores to guard each workers and clients, however in South Korea a brand new retailer is opening that goes a step additional and has no workers in any respect and by no means closes.
As 9To5Mac reports, the brand new retailer is named T Factory and it has been created by telecomms firm SK Telecom (SKT) as a method of sharing, “SKT’s future ICT imaginative and prescient and introduce the corporate’s newest achievements in applied sciences and providers, in addition to its partnerships.” The stand out function of the shop proper now’s the very fact it is open 24 hours a day, however does not have any workers.
As a substitute, SKT is counting on facial recognition to know who’s within the retailer. Clients register earlier than visiting and may then self check-in on arrival utilizing their face. As soon as inside, they’ll buy a variety of gadgets from corporations together with Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung, which incorporates the newest iPhone 12 fashions. Clients will capable of “evaluate smartphones, obtain AI-based consulting on value plans, buy a smartphone & equipment, sign-up for service and promote used telephones.”
However the retailer guarantees way more, together with augmented actuality experiences, digital actuality, and “5GX Cloud Recreation,” which was launched with Microsoft to supply Xbox Recreation Go Final in South Korea.
“T Manufacturing unit, because the title implies, is a spot the place applied sciences for tomorrow are consistently created. It will likely be a venue of innovation and creativity the place folks of numerous backgrounds and experience come collectively to share concepts and brazenly collaborate,” mentioned Park Jung-ho, CEO of SK Telecom. “I hope T Manufacturing unit is not going to solely present clients with new expertise and enjoyable, however may even encourage ICT corporations to dive into new experiments and ventures, thereby inspiring and energizing the entire ICT trade in Korea.”
If T Manufacturing unit proves in style, it appears possible different places will pop-up contemplating how a lot simpler it’s to run a retailer with out workers through the pandemic. Nonetheless, what stays unclear is how SKT intends to maintain the shop clear for purchasers. With no workers, how do you wipe down surfaces to make sure they’re freed from the virus?