Amazon also shared details of Cardinal, seen below, which aims to reduce risk of injury to humans in the warehouse. The robotic workcell uses advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision to select one package out of a pile of packages, lift it, read the label, and place it in an Amazon GoCart. According to Amazon, Cardinal converts batch-based manual work into continuous, automated work and the company is currently testing a prototype of Cardinal for handling packages of up to 50 pounds. It aims to deploy the technology in fulfillment centers in 2024.
Additionally the company shared details on Amazon Robotics Identification (AR ID), an AI-powered scanning capability with computer vision and machine learning technology to enable easier scanning of packages, as well as new Containerized Storage System that puts employees in a safer and more ergonomic position. The system helps determine which pod has the container with the needed product, where that container is located in the pod, how to grab and pull the container to the employee, and how to pick it up once the employee has retrieved the product.
For More on Amazon Robotics and Warehouses
- Amazon Tests Out Self-Navigating Robots in Fulfillment Centers
- Amazon Opens New Robotics Facility