Amazon introduces two-meter tall humanoid robots to work in its warehouses

It's a move towards automating its warehouses.
  • Amazon is experimenting with humanoid robot technology
  • Digit, a two-legged ​robot, can grasp and lift boxes
  • Amazon said Digit will work with humans, and it doesn’t plan to fully automate Amazon

Published on Mar 6, 2024 at 6:08PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Mar 6, 2024 at 9:31PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Alessandro Renesis

Humanoid robots have descended on Amazon warehouses in a move to automate their systems.

‘Digit’ is in the midst of a test period as Amazon experiment with the capabilities of the tech.

It’s been tasked initially with spending time shifting empty tote boxes on the floor.

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The humanoid robot was developed by Amazon-backed, Oregon-based startup Agility Robotics, and it can walk and crouch.

Digit is 5ft 9in (175cm), weighs 143lb (65kg), and can carry up to 35lb (16kg) in hands that can both grasp and lift.

From the fastest humanoid robot to Tesla’s Optimus, the world of robots is currently making strides.

Amazon is experimenting with a humanoid robot as the technology company increasingly seeks to automate its warehouses.

​With a workforce of almost 1​.5​ million human​s, there have been concerns raised that Digit will displace human employees from their roles.

However, in stark contrast to these fears, Tye Brady, chief technologist at Amazon Robotics, claims that while it will render some jobs redundant, robots would also create new roles.

According to Brady, Digit is only designed to eliminate menial, mundane and repetitive tasks, but this doesn’t mean Amazon will require fewer staff or lead to cut jobs.

He also firmly insisted that human staff are “irreplaceable” in the company’s operation and they would work collaboratively with Digit.

Last but certainly not least, he also added that Amazon warehouses will not be fully automated.

Amazon announced it was deploying a robotic system called Sequoia at one of its Houston warehouses.

Sequoia is designed to speed up deliveries by helping identify and store inventory 75 percent faster.

It’s hoped this will reduce order processing time of orders by up to 25 percent.

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