Amazon tests humanoid robot ‘Digit’ for warehouse operations
Amazon is testing out automation services for its warehouses, including trials for a humanoid robot. The humanoid robot is called Digit, is bipedal and can squat, bend and grasp items using clasps that imitate hands. Built by Agility Robotics Inc. and will initially be used to “help employees consolidate totes that have been emptied of items,” the company said in a blog post. Apart from Digit, they are testing a technology called Sequoia, that is designed to identify and sort inventory into containers for employees, and enhance speed of warehousing processes. Sequoia is said to be reducing order processing time by around 25 per cent, and will help warehouses go more towards an assembly line warehouse from the traditional warehouse.