15000 Robots

Wow…that’s a lot of robots.

Well, I guess that’s just the right amount if you want to do what Amazon is doing with all these Kiva robots. To pack and ship all its orders during this holiday season, Amazon is using all these robots to organize and sort all its packages.

Each robot can pick up a 7 foot tall shelf, and stops by the sorting center for just the right amount of time for the needed item to be picked off, then returns the shelf to where it’s supposed to go. The robots not only have to know where the other robots are, but also who’s the closest free robot to each shelf, and how to navigate there, even with all the other robots bustling around. They can even go charge themselves automatically.


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