Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
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Amazon Patented A Wristband That Tracks Warehouse Workers' Movements

Amazon Patented A Wristband That Tracks Warehouse Workers' Movements

The technology in the wristbands "could emit ultrasonic sound pulses or radio transmissions" to let a receiving system know where the workers' hands are in relation to the inventory bins.

In the UK, Amazon has gotten some criticism in the past for the way it treats workers in its warehouses who are usually rushed off their feet to get packages ready to send off in a speedy manner.

A newly discovered patent filed for by Amazon in 2016, details a wristband created to keep track of employees in warehouses.

Amazon, which rarely discloses information on its patents, could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday. As Martin Ford, futurist and author of "Rise of the Robots" pointed out to the Times, without these bots, Amazon would not be able to deliver cheap costs or two-day shopping for its customers. On Monday, the tech industry was jolted by the discovery that Strava, a fitness app that allows users to track their activities and compare their performance with other people running or cycling in the same places, had unwittingly of United States military bases and the movements of their personnel in Iraq and Syria. Tracking devices are already used among security guards, casinos, restaurant workers, and miners.


"There was no time to go to the loo", he said, using the British slang for toilet. A second strike of company's employees was also on 20th of December, as the company did not go into the arbitration process with workers and the Labor Ministry.

If the worker's hands move to the wrong item, the bracelet will buzz, pretty much like an invisible fence used for dog training.

The result? Human workers can fulfil more orders - until robots develop the dexterity to replace them altogether. In 2015, a New York Times article described Amazon's workplace culture as a "hurtful", Darwinian setting in which employees were pitted against one another to the point of tears to improve productivity.

It's becoming more and more common for companies to monitor their employees through invasive technology, as there are virtually no laws to stop it.

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