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April 17, 2017 AT 2:00 pm

Adorable and Terrifying Robotic Mail Sorting!

This clip is reminiscent of something out of Star Wars or a Miyazaki film! Shared from Core77, watch these mail sorting robots move through a giant warehouse.

Global shipping company Shentong Express (a/k/a STO) is China’s answer to UPS. To increase efficiency—and cut human staff—they’ve designed this rather amazing facility consisting of a huge open floor punctuated by a grid of square holes that open onto chutes. Human beings pull parcels off of a conveyor belt and place them on the robots, which then do most of the work.

China’s People’s Daily states that “The company estimates its robotic sorting system is saving around 70-percent of the costs a human-based sorting line would require,”

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