Amazon Patents Ultrasonic Tracking Wristbands To Control Workers

Amazon is seeking to boost worker efficiency through a new set of patents squarely aimed at improving its inventory management system using radio frequency based tracking of a worker’s hand to monitor their performance of inventory tasks.

Of course, the only thing more troubling than robots replacing human workers is the idea of robots tracking human workers’ hands, but i) there are profit margins to be optimized and ii) this is the same concept of being under house arrest with an ankle bracelet, it just happens that Amazon wants to put the device on the worker’s wrist.

On January 30, 2018, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued Amazon two patents for wristbands that would use ultrasonic tracking technology to identify the precise location of a workers’ hand as they perform tasks within the Amazon warehouse.

  1. The United States Patent 9,881,276: “Ultrasonic bracelet and receiver for detecting position in 2D plane.”
  2. The United States Patent 9,881,277:  “Wristband haptic feedback system.” 

The diagram above shows how an ultrasonic wristband can track and guide the warehouse worker’s hand to a given inventory bin on a shelving unit. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)

To be sure, there is no mention of house, or rather warehouse arrest, instead the patents state that the devices are for labor-savings purposes:

“Existing approaches for keeping track of where inventory items are stored … may require the inventory system worker to perform time consuming acts beyond placing the inventory item into an inventory bin and retrieving the inventory item from the inventory bid, such as pushing a button associated with the inventory bin or scanning a barcode associated with the inventory bin. … Accordingly, improved approaches for keeping track of where an inventory item is stored are of interest.”

According to GeekWire, which first discovered the patents last week:

“The wristbands provide a no-muss, no-fuss method for verifying that the correct items are being processed. The inventors say the system circumvents the need for “computationally intensive and expensive” monitoring by means of computer vision, a la Amazon Go.

And the inventors know their way around computer vision: The patent for the ultrasonic wristband was filed by Jonathan Cohn, senior technical program manager for Amazon Go. The radio-frequency wristband system was proposed by Tye Brady, chief technologist for Amazon Robotics.”

The diagram above provides a glimpse into a "typical" Amazon warehouse while providing a rough schematic detailing how the ultrasonic inventory management system works. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)

Amazon calls the inventory management system the “Wrist band haptic feedback system” in patent number 9,881,277. The system’s radio frequency sensors track the wristband’s signal to determine where a worker’s hand is positioned, and software matches that position with the inventory bin that is supposed to be collected for processing. Haptic or kinesthetic communication applies vibrations to the worker’s wrist to guide them to the correct inventory bin.

In other words, near complete robotic control of what, at least for a few more years, are the company's human employees.

One step at a time, Skynet is taking control of humans, because ultimately it is all about maximizing efficiency: as expected, in patent 9,881,277, Amazon discusses the need to modernize legacy inventory systems and highlights the need to cut down on wasted time.

 Modern inventory systems, such as those in mail order warehouses, supply chain distribution centers, airport luggage systems, and custom-order manufacturing facilities, face significant challenges in responding to requests for inventory items. As inventory systems grow, the challenges of simultaneously completing a large number of packing, storing, and other inventory-related tasks become non-trivial.

In many inventory systems, an incoming inventory item is typically stored into an inventory bin so as to be quickly retrievable in response to an order for the inventory item. An inventory management system typically stores the identification and location of the inventory bin in which the inventory item is stored for use in locating and processing the inventory item in response to an order for the inventory item. For example, an inventory system worker can pick up the incoming inventory item and place the inventory item into the inventory bin.

To keep track of where the inventory item is stored, it is important to efficiently and accurately identify the inventory bin into which the inventory item is placed. Existing approaches for keeping track of where inventory items are stored, however, may require the inventory system worker to perform time consuming acts beyond placing the inventory item into an inventory bin and retrieving the inventory item from the inventory bin, such as pushing a button associated with the inventory bin or scanning a barcode associated with the inventory bin.

And while the inventory system worker may be required to perform less time consuming tasks when a computer vision system is used to track placement of the inventory item, such a computer vision system may be computationally intensive and expensive. Accordingly, improved approaches for keeping track of where an inventory item is stored are of interest. 

Alan Selby, a journalist with the Mirror newspaper in the United Kingdom, conducted a five-week uncover investigation of the working conditions inside an Amazon warehouse, wearing nothing more than a hidden camera which captured the brutal working conditions on the inside.

“One colleague was taken to the hospital by ambulance when they collapsed on the job, after struggling on despite feeling unwell,” Selby stated.

“Another ambulance was called after a girl suffered a panic attack when she was told compulsory overtime would mean her working up to 55 hours a week over Christmas.”

One worker told Selby: “Everybody suffers here. I pulled my hamstring but I just had to carry on. My friend spent two days off after she damaged her knee ligaments.”

Shelby reported that Amazon warehouse workers run in 10-hour shifts and are under constant camera surveillance. Workers are required to pick up an item for packaging every 30 seconds, with their “units per hour” displayed on a handheld monitor.

In 2015, Jeff Bezos sent out an internal memo stating that he didn’t recognize the “soulless, dystopian workplace” described by the New York Times piece on the workplace culture at Amazon. Fast forward to 2018 and Amazon’s ultrasonic wristband is about to make that “soulless, dystopian workplace” a reality.

Comments

MEFOBILLS JustLooking Sat, 02/03/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

That's right he's not Jewish.  

If he was?  We might be concerned that he wasn't "self-made" as his cousins would have financed him early on.  Being captured by money powered cousins early on indicate fealty to Jacobian type Illuminists, who have infested finance since time of BOE (Bank of England in 1694).

Bezo's is self made, and a "super-capitalist."  Some of this super-capitalism is in-humane, and it correlates to Jewish Finance Method, where Capital is to always be above labor.

It is always correct to have your Jew-Dar on, especially if you want to navigate the world and not be hosted.  Some people have gain settings on their Jew-Dar set too high.  

Bezo's is not a Jew, he did not make his money with usury funding from Jewish banking/finance.  As far as I can tell, Bezo's is not under attack from Jewish elements.  Bezo's IS in alignment with Jewish thought and method, especially with regards to Zio propaganda that emits from his Washington Post.

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Faeriedust Whatta Sun, 02/04/2018 - 10:52 Permalink

Be Pagan once again, be Pagan once again!

It's the only way we'll ever be free

Be Pagan once again!

The pursuit of Money as the sole worldly value is a Jewish tradition born out of the medieval ban on Jewish ownership of land or bearing of arms.  It was emulated by 17th century British merchants who admired and coveted the wealth of Dutch Jews in Amsterdam, where the two groups frequently traded, and adopted whole-cloth into the growing English Puritan movement.  From there it has been a constant undercurrent in American Protestantism since the Pilgrims settled in Massachusetts.  The only way to free our nation of this disgusting worship of Greed is to recant the creed from which it came.  Be Pagan once again, and restore the values of life, love, liberty, and happiness!  

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mobius8curve Cognitive Dissonance Sat, 02/03/2018 - 11:22 Permalink

When are the masses going to wake up and see this is all about controlling us through biometrics, AI, and blockchain to where you will not even be able to buy or sell with out being fully identified in the beast's system:

Revelation 13:14-18 And he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by reason of the signs which it was given him to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast who hath the stroke of the sword and lived. (15) And it was given unto him to give breath to it, even to the image of the breast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as should not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (16) And he causeth all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, that there be given them a mark on their right hand, or upon their forehead; (17) and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name. (18) Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six.

666 has absolutely nothing to do with a physical number but a spiritual number found here:

Daniel 3:1-6 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. (2) Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the satraps, the deputies, and the governors, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. (3) Then the satraps, the deputies, and the governors, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. (4) Then the herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, (5) that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up; (6) and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

This will usher in the tribulation:

https://sumofthyword.com/2016/10/04/the-rapture-of-the-church-is-after-the-tribulation/

 

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mobius8curve shovelhead Sat, 02/03/2018 - 11:52 Permalink

Please don't get distracted with the trees and miss the forest!

Every single product we see whether bitcoin or this amazon bracelet is nothing more than beta tests to iron out the system before it is fully implemented :o)

Only those who do not get sucked into this system at its height will escape:

Revelation 13:7-9 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and there was given to him authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. (8) And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, every one whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that hath been slain. (9) If any man hath an ear, let him hear.

https://sumofthyword.com/2013/03/06/book-of-life/

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mobius8curve Equinox Sat, 02/03/2018 - 20:58 Permalink

The masses already have a physical mark in their retina or hand/finger prints. All that’s required to keep them from buying or selling is to phase out cash and replace it with a crypto currency riding on the back of block chain riding on the back of the internet. Then do away with passwords thus requiring them to burn their retina or hand/finger prints to access their iPhone to access the internet to do any future purchasing. It does not matter how decentralized the crypto currency is if the gate keepers of the internet refuse to allow them to access the internet with their iPhone if they do not comply with the beast:
Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, that there be given them a mark on their right hand, or upon their forehead; (17) and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name.

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Faeriedust mobius8curve Sun, 02/04/2018 - 10:55 Permalink

It is, but it really has nothing to do with Nebuchadnezzar.  It's the curse of the Jews, who taught us to value PROFIT above all things, and the "Enlightenment", which spurned spiritual values for material wealth.  There are plenty of good gods out there, and given the track record of the God Of The Jews, I think it's about time you all retired him.

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Justin Case Looney Sat, 02/03/2018 - 11:07 Permalink

Brings back the visions of men digging ditches in stripe uniforms in ankle bracelets. I guess this is the modern version. The moar we progress the moar we regress. When will the cities of corporations be coming. You work and they provide you everything you need, no money, just a life. You quit, you will die if you don't find another corporate work community to get a job in. Yoar vaction will consist of 2 weeks a year outside the compound. Gov't doesn't allow anyone to leave or enter the country. All borders are closed, no passports and razor wire fence around each state border.

Utopia just around the corner,

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Endgame Napoleon Looney Sat, 02/03/2018 - 11:16 Permalink

Wheras, most upper managers and owners could care less that about half of their employees, including some managers, are absentee a ton for kids — supposedly — and when they are at work, they are busy planning the next baby-mommy-look-alike-bulletin-board-decorating contest. Being tired from hard work might be bad if taken too far, but it is not as bad as the bullying, cutthroat theatrics and lack of reward for hard work and high sales generation / account-retention numbers in workplaces with a lot of down time, where the slackers reign. Laxness-cubed work conditions might sound good, but you have to be a “culture fit” to thrive in those crony-parent workplaces. 

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new game Endgame Napoleon Sat, 02/03/2018 - 11:35 Permalink

I mentioned this article mrs. new game and her response was:-"go ahead and work there" with sincere s/.

my take is that we still have choices. anyone that subjects themselves to this gets what they deserve.

what scares me is the no choice option, the sociopaths will eventually mandate on the majority of have nots Or

this is the future workplace w/o options.

jeffs dream as king of the amazon. 

learning to hate this fuk...

 

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DuneCreature J S Bach Sat, 02/03/2018 - 11:47 Permalink

I like the way you think, JS Bach.

Use their own asshole control freak tech against all the perps.

Come on all you open source hackers out there, let’s PAWD these evil clowns.

A little heads up on who’s running this 5G TOTAL CONTROL SHITSHOW. =
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYE9UgmVrfU

Live Head, Hint – Jeff Bezo Is Just A Rather Large Cog In A Great Big Totally Evil Machine, Die Free

~ DC v8.8

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DuneCreature WillyGroper Sat, 02/03/2018 - 12:18 Permalink

Right, right, right, WG.

The US Patent Office (very close to 'home base') story will, as you like to say, “Knock your socks off!” …

Panties too,………if any.

Brendon knocked that one out of the park, didn’t he?

I have it saved all over the map. …. AI AL won’t even find all of the copies. (I can’t believe he (it) can’t multi-task any better than that. … Must have been distracted by The Memo too. LOL! ……..Or maybe……??? …. There’s that chill in the room again. …. Damn those sticky pod bay doors!)

Gotta go make some popcorn. …….. This is shaping up to be an interesting weekend.

Live Hard, 3T! …… I Like The Arcro, We Need To Make It Viral, Die Free

DC v8.8

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WillyGroper DuneCreature Sat, 02/03/2018 - 14:15 Permalink

emailed you a link carrying this subject back quite a few years.  repeat of canada & Kevin Annett.  fkn killing fields all over the planet.

Yes, Brendon educates me every time he makes a new one. 

i was completely unaware about the ceo of akamai...reminiscent of the MH flights, eh?  your bud?

Clif High has an antarctica 3parter on YT Forum Borealis. part 1 available now.  2/3 should be available for contributors b4 general release.  should be really good.

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