Amazon’s robots to make work safer and easier for its employees

Proteus and Cardinal are two robots that are taking over some of the manual and heavy work from the workers

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Amazon’s robots to make work safer and easier for its employees

Proteus and Cardinal are two robots that are taking over some of the manual and heavy work from the workers

Amazon, the e-commerce company, has started using robots for the heavy manual work, which at times can lead to injuries to workers.

The Company has clarified that these robots, called Proteus and Cardinal, will not replace human workers but will only ease their burden and make the workplace safer for them. These robots are capable of moving large packages around in a safe manner, without injuring or hurting other employees in the vicinity.

Amazon currently has over 5,20,000 robotic drive units, which work alongside the employees to make the workplaces safer and more efficient than ever.

While Proteus is capable of moving through Amazon facilities using advanced safety and navigation features, Cardinal is capable of using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to select a particular package from a pile, lift it and read the label, before placing it on a GoCart to send the package off to the next step of its journey.

Proteus was designed to be used around employees and hence, can easily move around with them even in the presence of GoCarts, without being confined to enclosed areas.

The Company is working towards automating the GoCart handling process across the network, which will help reduce the need for people to manually move heavy objects and risk injury. This will also free them up for other meaningful jobs.

Proteus will be initially deployed at the fulfilment centres and sort centres.

As per the Company’s blog, Amazon has also come up with the Amazon Robotics Identification, or AR-ID, a augmented reality powered scanning capability that uses machine learning and computer vision to easily and accurately scan packages.

Amazon, the e-commerce company, has started using robots for the heavy manual work, which at times can lead to injuries to workers.

The Company has clarified that these robots, called Proteus and Cardinal, will not replace human workers but will only ease their burden and make the workplace safer for them. These robots are capable of moving large packages around in a safe manner, without injuring or hurting other employees in the vicinity.

Amazon currently has over 5,20,000 robotic drive units, which work alongside the employees to make the workplaces safer and more efficient than ever.

While Proteus is capable of moving through Amazon facilities using advanced safety and navigation features, Cardinal is capable of using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to select a particular package from a pile, lift it and read the label, before placing it on a GoCart to send the package off to the next step of its journey.

Proteus was designed to be used around employees and hence, can easily move around with them even in the presence of GoCarts, without being confined to enclosed areas.

The Company is working towards automating the GoCart handling process across the network, which will help reduce the need for people to manually move heavy objects and risk injury. This will also free them up for other meaningful jobs.

Proteus will be initially deployed at the fulfilment centres and sort centres.

As per the Company’s blog, Amazon has also come up with the Amazon Robotics Identification, or AR-ID, a augmented reality powered scanning capability that uses machine learning and computer vision to easily and accurately scan packages.

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