Amazon patented a robot cage for its employees, although it promises not to develop it

Amazon patented a robot cage for its employees, although it promises not to develop it


He proposed to cage the workers in their stores so that they would be more efficient. The company indicates that they have already developed a better idea

Amazon's last known patent has been branded as "a bad idea" by the vice-president of the company's operations, Dave Clark, and has promised that it will not develop.

The company founded by Jeff Bezos is a well-known patent they opened the door to monitor their employees through a wristband, make drone cupboards or air shops to improve deliveries.

In his last known idea he proposed to cage the employees of his warehouses so that they would be more efficient.

As reported by The Seattle Times, in 2016 Amazon patented a system in which employees were placed in a cage on top of an automated robot, which lets employees share space in the areas where automated Kiva robots work.

The idea was registered in the US Patent Office (USPTO) in 2016 and detailed how the employee could work in an integrated way with the autonomous robots that populate their warehouses.

Clark explained via Twitter that "sometimes even bad ideas for patents are sent. It has never been used and we have no plans for use. We are developing a much better solution, a small vest that employees can use and make all robot drive units in their neighborhood stop moving".

Although Amazon says it has never implemented this technology and is not planning to do so, the design seems to be an attempt to enable people to enter safely in highly automated areas, for example by carrying out repairs or pick up fallen objects without the need to stop the activity.

Currently as a man the field of automated robots able to move whole shelves, an alarm goes off and the activity stops completely. With this patent, the worker and the Kiva robots could coexist, which would not have to stop the activity of the warehouse.

Lindsay Campbell, an Amazon spokeswoman, told the newspaper that speculation about the company's use of the patent was "wrong", but emphasized that this idea would never be implemented. "Like many companies, we present several future patent applications, many do not see the light as finished products."