June 8, 2023


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Amazon's first fully autonomous warehouse robot is called Proteus

Amazon’s first fully autonomous warehouse robot is called Proteus

Amazon announce “The first fully autonomous mobile robot”, it was intended to move large carts throughout their warehouses. The robot is called Proteus, and Amazon says it can safely navigate around human employees, unlike some previous robots it has been using. Keep separate in a confined area.

Amazon says Proteus robots have “advanced safety, cognition and navigation technology” and a (Strangely silent) Video The robots are shown green light in front of them as they move. When a human steps in the beam, the robot stops moving, then resumes after the person moves away.

The company has also announced several other robotic systems. One, called the Cardinal, is a robotic arm that can lift and transport packages weighing up to 50 pounds, which Amazon hopes to roll out to warehouses next year. The company says its computer vision systems allow it to pick and lift individual beams, even if they are in a stack.

amazon post Also appears off Technology that could allow employees to forego the manual scanners they use to record barcodes. Instead, workers stand in front of a camera system that recognizes packages without stopping to check the label. There aren’t many details about how it works other than a combination of machine learning and a 120fps camera system, but the effect is similar to what we’ve seen from the company. Just walk out technology That allows it to build non-cash stores. We’ve reached out to Amazon to ask exactly what the system is looking for and will let you know if we hear back.

As is often the case with new robot technology, there are potential labor concerns. Despite recent reports that Amazon Soon can struggle to find workersThe company says it’s not looking to build bots rather than hire people. Leader in Amazon Robotics frankly said Forbes That “replacing people with machines is just a fallacy” could lead to a company going out of business. However, robots can play a role in setting the pace of work that humans struggle to safely keep pace with, and it’s something we’ve done Already seen happening in the company With automated management systems. It seems that the new survey system in particular can create unrealistic expectations about how fast workers should move.

For its part, Amazon claims that all of its new robots can actually help improve safety. Cardinal works in places where workers can lift and twist heavy packages, a movement that can lead to injuries, and Proteus can “reduce the need for people to manually move heavy objects.” The company is also working on a robot that will Delivery of containers to workers Instead of making it bend or climb to reach the elements.

Amazon CEO Recently promised to deal systematically Infection rates in the company’s warehouses, although it has played down reports that its workers have been infected Double the industry rate By describing the company’s prices as “misunderstood”.