Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Day in the Life of a Kiva Robot

I really wish that I could explain this video, but I can't.  All I can say is that this Kiva robotic system is a really cool and complicated way to help pickers pack boxes for shipment.

I guess that wasn't so bad.


  1. sigh so much wasted movement.. I want one red t-shirt so lets move a 50kg stack 3/4 of a mile..
    I do not like this system! surely they can do better..

    How about breaking stacks into shelves and only moving that around.. or how about half height stacks and a 4ft ceiling/floor..

  2. I completely agree. Efficiency is terrible with this system. It looks like they have hundreds of the little robots and that certainly can't be cheap, especially when you are selling things like t-shirts.
    And I am sure that the logic that goes into this system is extremely complex, another high cost.
    But if you look at the workers, it appears that they never stop moving which is a plus.