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Amazon’s New Warehouse Robot Could One Day Replace Humans

  • ‘Sparrow’ to advance safety in injury-plagued facilities
  • Company also unveiled new, slimmed-down drone design
Amazon’s new Sparrow warehouse robot.
Amazon’s new Sparrow warehouse robot.Source: Amazon
Updated on Inc. has developed a robot capable of identifying and handling individual items, a milestone in the e-commerce giant’s efforts to reduce its reliance on the human order pickers who currently play a key role in getting products from warehouse shelves to customers’ doorsteps. 

The robotic arm, tipped by a set of retractable suction devices, is called Sparrow. In demonstrations on Thursday, the machine autonomously grabbed items of different sizes and textures from a plastic tote and placed them in other receptacles. Amazon said the bot is capable of handling millions of different products.