Computer robotics and the IoT are not new to the Hershey Corporation. Leave it to them though, to take the robotics and the IoT off the factory floor and bring it to the street. What you will see from Hershey this Halloween will be a Reese’s Trick-or-Treat robotic device. This device is a nine foot tall autonomous roving door that actually hands out Reese’s peanut butter cups. The article that follows describes in detail how the Reese’s Trick-or-Treat Door works, as well as some of the other ways the company is putting the IoT to work in their factories.
Halloween is a time for tricks and treats. And despite the social distancing rules still in place in most cities, 63 percent of adults believe that people will find creative, fun, and safe ways to celebrate this Halloween season.
In an effort to keep candy-gathering traditions alive in the neighborhood, the Hershey Company has pulled a treat out of its IoT automation bag. Its engineers have built a robotic transport “door” that can provide a contactless way for children to get its jumbo Reese’s peanut butter cups.
According to Hershey, its Reese’s Trick-or-Treat Door provides a smart, safer, social-distancing option to bring candy to the doorstep.