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IEEE spectrum (http://spectrum.ieee.org) takes you inside Kiva Systems’ robotic warehouse, where orange robots make inventory move instead of workers. Over time the system becomes increasingly efficient, with the robots learning from the wisdom of the crowd.
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Very cool, and cute little guys, too.
One cool aspect of warehouse robots, not mentioned in the video is that they don’t have as tight environmental constraints as people. They’re often perfectly happy to work in a 40deg(F) dark warehouse. (They illuminate the bar codes themselves.) This can add up to a lot of savings for the typical suburban light industrial 1 story warehouses.
It seems like with a dexterous robot hand or two, you wouldn’t need any people in the warehouse at all. Robotic Nation, here we come…