Amazon’s latest robot champion uses deep learning to stock shelves

(Amazon via TechRepublic) Tweet Share Amazon has crowned the latest champion in its robotic picking challenge — an annual competition that look for robots that could one day work in the company’s warehouses. It’s basically American Idol, but for robotic arms that  cangrab items off a shelf and put them back again. Competitors are asked to handle a range of products, from toiletries to clothes, and then scored on speed and accuracy in stocking shelves. This year’s contest was won by a joint team from the TU Delft Robotics Institute in the Netherlands and the company Delft Robotics (both named after the city of Delft). Team Delft’s robot managed to pick items from a mock Amazon warehouse shelf at a speed of around 100 an hour, reports TechRepublic, with a failure rate of…


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