In a previous thread I noted a Computer game for the blind. Today I came across a USA Today story about a shopping assistant robot for the blind. The user of this research system has to know Braille to review the shopping directory, but the robot can reportedly get them to the right item (e.g., Cheerios) in the supermarket. A voice announces that they have reached the right area of the right aisle, but the user then has to pick the right package off the shelf. They plan to add more voice control and a bar-code reader next. The current model "looks like a cross between a carpet cleaner and the plumbing fixtures in your basement".