Amazon Robotics Challenge Teams Working to Solve the ‘Picking” Warehouse Problem

Published by , July 31, 2017 12:41 pm

 (RoboticsTomorrow) Sixteen teams of robotics researchers have traveled to Japan week to help Amazon.com Inc. solve its “picking”  warehouse problem in the third annual Amazon Robotics Challenge with $250,000 of prize money at stake, including $80,000 for the top prize.
Both academic and commercial roboticists are trying to solve what’s referred to as the “picking” challenge, having a robot be able to pick and pack items into a box.  In one part of the contest, robots pull out specific items, packing them into boxes that represent pretend Amazon orders. In another, robots confront a jumble of items, and pack them onto shelves that resemble those in Amazon warehouses, remembering where each one went.

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