Amazon has unveiled a new robotic system for its warehouses, consisting of two models called Digit and Sequoia. Digit is a humanoid robot developed by Agility Robotics, a company in which Amazon has invested. It performs tasks such as lifting and arranging items just like a human. Amazon states that Digit is meant to support human workers in repetitive tasks, such as picking and lifting boxes from shelves to be stored.
Sequoia, on the other hand, is a “system” comprised of multiple robots working together. The process involves robots picking up boxed items from shelves and placing them on a movable gantry, which then transports the items to a workstation where human workers are present. The robots then store the boxes on shelves or consolidate them to save storage space.
According to Amazon, the Sequoia system speeds up storage operations by 75% compared to the previous system and improves the speed of delivering items from shelves by an additional 25%. The workstation design has also been improved to allow human workers to comfortably perform their tasks without excessive bending or straining that could lead to injuries.
Amazon reveals that they currently have 750,000 robotic units in operation, including Sparrow and Cardinal robotic arms, as well as the automated item-lifting robot, Proteus.
TLDR: Amazon has introduced two new robotic systems, Digit and Sequoia, to its warehouses. Digit is a humanoid robot that assists in lifting and arranging items, while Sequoia is a system that combines multiple robots to enhance storage operations. These new systems improve efficiency and reduce strain on human workers, while also optimizing storage space. Amazon already has 750,000 robotic units in operation.