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Reports: Amazon Testing Humanoid Robots for Warehouse Operations



amazon testing humanoid robots for warehouse operations

A new sorting technology and humanoid robot are apparently being tested by Amazon in an effort to increase automation and efficiency in its warehouses. The technologies may have unsettling effects on the number of people employed in the vast network of warehouses run by the e-commerce behemoth.

According to Bloomberg, Amazon is introducing two ground-breaking technologies that will revolutionize warehouse automation. The company has introduced Sequoia, a sophisticated sorting technology, and Digit, a humanoid robot, with the goal of optimizing warehouse operations and raising overall productivity.

The creator of the humanoid robot Digit is Agility Robotics, a business that has received funding from Amazon. This bipedal robot features clasps that resemble human hands and is made to resemble human motions like bending and squatting.

Digit is anticipated to be of great assistance to staff members, especially when it comes to packing empty totes.

Amazon is launching Sequoia, a ground-breaking technology designed to identify and meticulously sort inventory into containers, in addition to Digit.

Then, staff members take over to pick the items that customers have ordered, making sure that the correct products are delivered to the right customers on time. Sequoia, in accordance with Amazon, can shorten the time it takes a warehouse to process an order by up to 25%.

According to Amazon, the implementation of Sequoia will allow warehouses to switch from conventional models, in which employees look for items and remove them from shelves, to a more productive assembly line method.

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