A robo-janitor for messy warehouse robots

Cleanup robot

A two-diagram sequence shows how an Amazon cleanup robot could open its robotic arms and pull a box into its storage pod. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)

How does Amazon plan to keep automated warehouses free of debris? With automated cleanup robots, of course.

At least that’s a scenario laid out in a patent granted to the Seattle-based online retailer today. There’s no guarantee the cleanup robots will become a reality. But it makes a weird sort of sense to have robots pick up after messy robots.

Get the full story on GeekWire.

About Alan Boyle

Award-winning science writer, creator of Cosmic Log, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.
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