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TeddySmith
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10/8/2015 | 8:54:25 AM
Re: Amazon Robotics: IoT In The Warehouse
Probably the most important factor is ROI for implementing robots. Two years at $30-40K per person eliminated is a rule of thumb for estimating. Amazon most likely bought Kiva to reduce their costs and insure their supply of this technology without interference from competitors also buying from Kiva.
TeddySmith
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10/8/2015 | 8:32:46 AM
IoT - not really
These "robots" are not really new technology. Similar vehicles have been used in warehouse and in manufacturing for over 30 years. They're called AGVs. Amazon using them isn't new and their robots aren't connected to the Internet, just to the local Amazon warehouse control system. The IoT buzz word is being applied much too broadly.
batye
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10/4/2015 | 11:13:10 AM
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@PedroGonzales interesting point, I trust you are right... and yes walmart always try to win over Amazon :)... corporate wars :)
PedroGonzales
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10/4/2015 | 10:15:59 AM
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There are still many jobs that robots can't do. I think anything that will support workers in handling such completed job the better.  I'm sure once Amazon fixes all the bugs, I'm sure other companies like Walmart will follow suite in making their operations more efficient with robots.
batye
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10/4/2015 | 3:25:55 AM
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@zerox203 interesting point, I would say we should not overlook the hype as until we see it - not hear it... see it...
tzubair
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9/30/2015 | 4:54:10 PM
Re: Amazon may succeed where WebVan failed
 

". That is, if it works in just one warehouse, it's not cost effective. If it works in warehouses all over the world, then you can afford to implement such a system"

 

@Charlie: Yeah, like most technologies, you do need a scale for cost-effective implementation. The initial investment is high and it needs to be divided amongst a base to reduct cost per unit. I guess this goes without saying and every company is affected by it.
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9/30/2015 | 4:32:54 PM
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"I believe Amazon is keeping the info for themselves for good reason."

@Pablo: I think it makes sense to maintain it is a secret project. It is something that millions of dollars have been invested into and hence it makes sense to prevent some other company from capitalizing on the research and bringing it to implementation before Amazon does. They are planning to use it as a competitive advantage.
tzubair
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9/30/2015 | 4:27:59 PM
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"But let's face it, some roles probably wouldn't be best suited to a robotic interface, especially in customer service. "

 

@Stratustician:  I think it depends on what the purpose of the representative is. If the idea is to have someone to guide customers and engage in a discussion, then the robots will fail. If the idea is to only inform the customers then a robotic interface makes sense provided that it's also cost effectvie.
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9/30/2015 | 8:51:20 AM
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@Stratustician,

Don't get me wrong - I'm nothing if not amazed by the scale of this deployment. Just like with AWS, I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon is at the forefront of something that's set to become the standard. The fact that most of us didn't even know it was going on (I wasn't, at least) adds to the cool factor substantially. I think you're right about the cost, too - in software terms, this seems more like a closed alpha test.

You know, I've worked in a retail environment in many capacities. Although those might be the first jobs many would expect on the chopping block in the automated future, I've found there's a surprising amount of nuance there that robots might not be suited to (for some time). How does a robot stocker handle spills or detect damaged items? How can it tell whether a shelf is overfilled or if more could be fit by re-arranging? Can it tell if a load is stacked unsafely, and not handle it? These are very subjective decisions that human workers make minute-to-minute. Of course, as you mentioned, there's also the customer service component.
SunitaT0
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9/29/2015 | 12:38:32 PM
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@Pablo: I thought everybody does that. You do not have right to information, it is an illusion. 
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