Amazon’s new robotic tech set to make work easier, safer for employees

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Amazon, one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies, recently unveiled a new robotics it is working on. 10 years after acquiring robotics company Kiva in 2012, Amazon also said the company now has more than 5,20,000 robotic actuators working hand in hand with employees to make workplaces safer and more efficient. than ever.

Robotics like Proteus and Cardinal are the latest technologies that Amazon is working on and investing in. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

Proteus

The fully autonomous Proteus mobile robot is capable of automatically navigating Amazon facilities using “advanced security, sensing and navigation technologies developed by Amazon.”

The robot has been designed to be used near employees and therefore should not be restricted to enclosed spaces. This allows Proteus to work securely with employees, opening up a wider range of options, including moving GoCarts, which are used to move packages around the facility.

“Initially, Proteus will be deployed in GoCart’s outbound processing areas at our fulfillment and sorting centers,” Amazon said in a blog post. “Our vision is to automate the GoCart experience across the web, which will help reduce the need for people to manually move heavy items around our facility and instead allow them to focus on more rewarding work,” the company added.

Cardinal

The Cardinal robot is able to use advanced artificial intelligence to select specific packages from a pile, lift them up and read the label before accurately placing them on a GoCart to send the package to the next leg of the journey.

Amazon says the robot reduces the risk of accidental injury to employees when lifting and turning large, heavy packages in tight spaces. Cardinal also sorts packages faster, allowing packages to be processed more quickly within the facility before they are sent to their respective delivery addresses.

Cardinal is currently being tested to handle packages up to 50 pounds and is expected to be rolled out to fulfillment centers next year.

Amazon Robotics Identification

Amazon’s third innovation is Amazon Robotics Identification, or AR-ID, an augmented reality-based scanning feature that can use machine learning and computer vision to provide better and more convenient scanning of packages at our facilities.

Amazon’s tracking system, which allows users to track their items at every step of the shipping process, depends on scanning at every checkpoint. AR-ID simplifies this step, as all employees have to do is take the package in front of the scanner and place it in the next container.

AR-ID runs at 120 frames per second and automatically captures and scans a unique product code, eliminating the need for employees to manually find the barcode and scan it with one hand while holding the package with the other.

Container storage system

Amazon also introduced a new robotic system that eliminates the need for employees to reach up, bend over, or climb stairs to retrieve items. This is possible thanks to the new container storage system.

Amazon claims that the system is able to determine which particular module a particular container has. The system can then find the module, grab it, pull it out, and hand it over to the employee. This is possible thanks to what Amazon calls “a well-staged dance of robotics and software.”

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