Amazon warehouse robots and programsmable robots are on the move.
Robotics engineering and robotics engineering students at Texas A&M University, for example, are designing and building the Shark Robot vacuum cleaner, which is designed to vacuum the entire warehouse in a single session.
And the school has partnered with Amazon on the programmable robot vacuum that will also work at the grocery store.
Robots and robots have always been a part of life at Amazon, but the company has a big plan for what it calls the Amazon Warehouse Robotics Program, a new initiative that will be a boon to the retail giant’s ability to automate warehouse operations.
The program, which Amazon says it’s calling Amazon Warehouse Automation and Robotics, aims to transform the way Amazon warehouses operate and make them more productive.
Amazon has been working to automate its warehouse operations since 2013, but it has struggled to bring it to the scale and to meet the demand of its online retail business.
The company’s robot-assisted warehouse operations will help Amazon meet the growing demand for its services, including Prime, and to help with the growth of its digital retail business, Amazon said in a statement.
Amazon’s plan is to open the program to more universities and colleges this fall.
Students at TSU are using robotics to make the robot more agile and capable.
Amazon will also be giving students the opportunity to use its robot-driven vacuum and to demonstrate the ability to interact with it.
The program is slated to start in the fall of 2019.
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