Warehouse robot that can climb shelves

  1. To clarify, they are a beloved grocery store in Texas. Not to sound like an ad for them, but on top of having great stuff in the store (literally every other grocery store seems awful in comparison) they go heavily out of their way to help the communities their stores are in. Massive food bank donations, for a start. Probably more iconically, whenever there’s a natural disaster in Texas, H‑E‑B will have a fleet of community service trucks headed that way asap. I live in Houston, during Harvey HEB had convoys here to hand out food, water, mobile laundry service, showers.

  2. HEB is privately held? good for them. it must have taken a lot of work to grow like that. that's awesome.

  3. And outside of Publix, probably the greatest grocery store I've ever been in. Fresh tortillas right off the machine? Game changer

  4. Definitely not HEB. The logo on the GIF is 3 overlapping circles, not a singular stretched out circle. There's also a watermark of Chinese characters on the video. Squids, are made by a company called Bionic Hive, which is an Israeli company.

  5. Not to mention the knock-on effects. Sure, you can't automate HR, but who needs hiring managers and recruiters and negotiators when the employees are robots?

  6. They will but it takes a long time to get this right (the one in the picture looks very vulnerable to all sorts of practical issues) and for example I’ve been in amazons warehouse and watched their own systems repeatedly go wrong. They take a lot of looking after and maintenance. At the moment they don’t really save any money in warehousing. But… eventually all those issues will be largely solved and we will just sip pina coladas all day. Right?

  7. It is worth considering that redesigning a warehouse to accommodate a completely different mode of work can't be done "at the drop of a hat". Capital investment in this scale is possible, but adoption has been relatively slow even though designs like this aren't that new any more because even if there is an eventual playoff many firms just don't have the opportunity or motivation to rework things this completely. That's why there has started to be a market for "retrofit" robots, which are basically automated scissor lifts that are expected to operate along side human employees. Outside of warehouse work, retrofit advancement can be even more common; farmers often run with such low margins that investing in a new tractor, robotic or not, is a major decision. When such decisions are made there is a very healthy skepticism of ideas perceived as untested, because a misstep will literally end the business. In that context, automated tractors are catching on relatively slowly compared to software and tools that can supplement the capabilities of existing equipment.

  8. If they ever make something that maintains and repairs these machines ill be fucked, think I'm good for the rest of my working career though.

  9. But it’s a one time cost, doesn’t take breaks, works 24 hours a day, never goes on vacation, never asks for a raise. The perfect employee.

  10. Cant tell if you’re being sarcastic but replacing 2-3 people is likely worth $357,000 assuming a lifespan of 2+ years. Pretty good deal for the company

  11. It's probably replacing 2-3 people for an 8 hour shift but will do 3 shifts per day so 6-9 people. I would bet the payoff time is less than 5 years.

  12. That will replace 20. It doesn't sleep, take breaks, "chat" with coworkers, poop, piss, eat, go home, smoke cigarettes, or complain. Also it always shows up! Some day it will be in charge. We'll probably be better off.

  13. “So, can we stop working and have robots work for us? Oh, never? That’s right, the dystopia. Sorry, forgot. Back to work everyone!”

  14. It will get to a point where someone could pay to work in a warehouse and it won't be cost effective as opposed to automation

  15. This isn't even in an Amazon warehouse. It's in an HEB warehouse which is a grocery store primarily in Texas.

  16. This shit was always on the way. Humans are always going to lose out to automation whenever it becomes advanced enough to take over, and it's becoming increasingly clear that no job is immune.

  17. HEB has been using these for a while, and they don’t do anything like Amazon. A genuinely phenomenal company to its customers and employees.

  18. I'm going to assume that each box/tote has the items inside it, and is returned once the amount of items is taken from it? It's the only way I see it working for warehouses that carry products of all sorts of shapes and sizes.

  19. It depends heavily on what the warehouse is for, the one I work at has racks which store entire pallets of products, not just single boxes, so when our forklift drivers are picking pallets from those racks, the entire pallet is being taken away, no need to select certain items then put it back, so something like this could work very well in my warehouse, if it were able to hold the weight of entire pallets instead of just one box.

  20. This would be for grabbing smaller individual items/packages, not moving entire pallets of goods in one go.

  21. At that point, you may as well just make all the shelves conveyor belts and push the product off onto another conveyor belt.

  22. By the time SkyNet became self-aware it had spread into millions of computer servers all across the planet. Ordinary computers in office buildings, dorm rooms, everywhere. It was software, in cyberspace. There was no system core. It could not be shut down. The attack began at 6:18 P.M. just as he said it would. Judgment Day. The day the human race was nearly destroyed by the weapons they built to protect themselves. I should have realized our destiny was never to stop Judgment Day; it was merely to survive it. Together. The Terminator knew. He tried to tell us, but I didn’t want to hear it. Maybe the future has been written. I don’t know. All I know is what the Terminator taught me. Never stop fighting. And I never will. The battle has just begun.

  23. As someone who worked 10hr shifts in a warehouse... This is awesome. We also definitely need to financially support workers who will lose their jobs to automation like this, but the number of sore feet this will save...

  24. At what point will 90% of all labor be automated and having a real consideration for basic universal income?

  25. Never. They're will always be new jobs. We didn't need ubi when the combine made it possible for 2 people to harvest a field. We didn't need ubi when the telegraph replaced the pony express, or when automated computer networks replaced phone operators. It's just fear mongering. The market will create demand for new jobs we couldn't possibly think of.

  26. It’s accessing high points on the shelf by moving itself higher above the ground. Is that not close enough? What do you want lol

  27. meh. Just become the robot maintenance guy. Until a robot technician gets invented. Then become that robot's technician too

  28. I wouldn't be too worried yet, these things cost more than 10 times what one employee is paid per year, and that's just the initial cost, not including maintenance and all of the costs that come with that.

  29. The best thing about that robot is it has no family. Doesn’t care about freedom. It was suddenly so clear. The terminator, would never stop. It would never leave him, and it would never hurt him, never shout at him, or get drunk and hit him, or say it was too busy to spend time with him. It would always be there. And it would die, to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers who came and went over the years, this thing, this machine, was the only one who measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice.

  30. I couldn’t break eye contact the whole time even though I was increasingly unnerved. I will not survive the robot uprising.

  31. How much you wanna bet some dipshit with a high loader rams the bottom corner of the track the first day they unroll this?

  32. That was so impressive that I'm only slightly disappointed that it didn't sprout legs and spider crawl to the shelf

  33. I was trying to figure out how it manages the transition from vertical to horizontal, I see that the robot is able to rotate a section of the track. Interesting stuff.

  34. OK but we all know for an absolute fact that every single one of those rails on the shells would be broken and every single entry rail that leaves into that nice little cute curve off the floor will get snapped off the 2nd and I mean the absolute 2nd human beings start walking around that building.

  35. I just watched Wall-E for the first time yesterday, and this robot would fit in perfectly in that movie.

  36. Still too much downtime for an Amazon warehouse. Give it a performance writeup and dock some pay. Maybe it'll learn.

  37. Pretty clever until you realise you didn’t put as much investment into your shelves overall structure as you did on the robot and it all comes tumbling down.

  38. This isn't that new of a thing... They're only really practical for high volume wearhouses. So Amazon workers are fucked

  39. "Watch this. You watching? Okay. See this? Yeah. I just did that shit. Have fun at the temp agency motherfucker." - the robot that took your job

  40. And now they are taking over our warehouses, stacked with provisions, trade, and weaponry. Humans are just asking for it, really.

  41. All fun until a forklift/pallet jack runs over that curved track and then a human has to do the picking again while they wait for a replacement part.

  42. This is so extra. A human at level could just pick it up and set it down without having to "climb" up and down, taking all these wasteful pauses. Pointless inventions are pointless.

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