Behold: Handle, a highly manoeuvrable logistics robot from Boston Dynamics for pallet building, conveyor loading, killing all humans and so forth. To wit:

When Handle places a boxes onto a pallet, it uses force control to nestle each box up against its neighbours. The boxes used in the video weigh about 5kg, but the robot is designed to handle boxes up to 15kg. This version of Handle works with pallets that are 1.2 m deep and 1.7 m tall.

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8 thoughts on “Warehousebot

  1. Junkface

    Yep. Universal basic income will become a key part of future election campaigns in all modern economies. We need to move fast too. What ever happened to all of those check out ladies and lads in Irish Supermarkets? I noticed that in mainland Europe they don’t have nearly as many automated self service check outs. They still have check out ladies and gents. Its like they are purposely keeping working class people employed while they figure out the next step, or maybe its a law stopping it.
    UK & Ireland supermarket chains all have auto-check outs. The most I’ve seen anywhere.

    Jobs soon to be axed for Automation:

    Warehouse staff (fork lift operators, Box packers)
    Truck drivers,
    Taxi drivers,
    Airport Luggage crews,
    Supermarket checkouts already gone,
    Package Deliveries (Drones, maneuverable units)
    Low end data entry workers,
    Bank workers (replaced by apps, new systems, algorithms)
    Legal workers/data processing.

    1. jonsmoke

      Aldi and Lidl combined have over 22% of the market share in Ireland. They have no automated checkouts.
      I think we’ll have killed the planet (and ourselves) with climate change before the robots can take over anyway.

      1. Junkface

        German supermarkets have a policy of no Automated checkouts as far as I can see. It seems to have been really embraced by UK chains like Tesco, but Dunnes followed quickly after that.

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