July 23, 2008

Kiva Robots Get Warehouse Duty

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Kiva Systems in Woburn, Mass., has gone into the robotics warehouse business. It consists of a central computer that keeps track of the bots and the racks in the building, then uses algorithms to plot their courses. Their efforts are to allow inventory items to come to the warehouse workers rather than the opposite. The squat robots hang under the racks, lift them up, and take them to their destination. They move along straight lines and make 90ยบ turns when necessary. About 500 Kiva robots are already in a Staples in Pennsylvania and Walgreens' distribution center in Denver, Colorado utilizes them. Why do we get the feeling that soon the shelf stockers will be replaced as well?

Via Space Daily

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at July 23, 2008 8:37 AM
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