Autonomous Robots Invade Retail Warehouses

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Warehouses run by Gap, as well as Zappos and Staples now use autonomous robots to pluck products from their shelves and send them to you.

All the robots are told is where products are located and where they need to go. From there, the robots, which look like massive orange Roombas, figure out the rest. They locate the stack of shelves with the needed product on it, slide beneath the stack to pick it up and then find their own routes from the stacks of stuff to human operators. And they manage to find just the right time to get themselves recharged for five minutes out of every hour.

Full Story at Wired

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One Response to “Autonomous Robots Invade Retail Warehouses”

  1. williamself Says:

    Such cool robots! Soon we’ll – uh, they’ll – take over the WORLD!!!

    Ahem.

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