tisdag 20 mars 2012

Amazon buys robot warehouse company

Amazon has just purchased Kiva Systems, the company that provides fully automated robotic warehouses. The deal is expected to bring more automation to Amazon's warehouses. Kiva's technology is remarkable because it shows how it is possible to have physical places that are completely run by digital principles! In a Kiva warehouse, the humans stand still while robots put away and fetch inventory as needed. In fact, no human can fully understand how the inventory a Kiva warehouse is organized, but it makes perfect sense for a computer. In the future, as more and more sensing makes it possible to track the everyday things around us, we can start to apply computation like this to the everyday world - perhaps one day doing a "Google search" for a lost sock in the bedroom!

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