#Amazon patents wristband that tracks warehouse workers' movements - "Big Brother Is "Watching" You" - George Orwell - #Dystopia #Technoskeptic #Bravenewworld #Future

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“The proposed wristbands would use ultrasonic tracking to identify the precise location of a worker’s hands as they retrieve items. One of the patents outlines a haptic feedback system that would vibrate against the wearer’s skin to point their hand in the right direction.
The result? Human workers can fulfill more orders – until robots develop the dexterity to replace them altogether.”

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“In the patent, Amazon says that storage facilities face “significant challenges” in responding to requests for particular items. “Existing approaches for keeping track of where inventory items are stored may require the inventory system worker to perform time consuming acts,” says the description. Using haptic feedback to guide workers’ hands to the right place is, apparently, the answer.
Of course, this is just a patent, so there’s no indication that Amazon will actually deploy the wristbands. But considering the company’s love of efficiency and its ever-expanding warehouse facilities (in January 2017 it said it planned to hire 100,000 more workers, with the majority of postings for warehouse jobs), it might not too far-fetched to think it’s considering such technology.”

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