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Amazon has been issued with patents for a wristband that can track its wearer and vibrate to guide their hands in a specific direction.The patents cover bracelets that can emit ultrasonic sound pulses or radio transmissions to alert a receiver system as to where workers hands are in relation to inventory bins.
The bracelet tracking technology has raised moral questions about privacy, as they could monitor workers’ efficiency in real-time. And Amazon has faced fierce criticism in recent years for setting high targets, timed-toilet breaks and packing timers to ensure workers pack enough boxes per hour.
In theory, Amazon's proposed technology would emit ultrasonic sound pulses and radio transmissions to track where an employee's hands were in relation to inventory bins, and provide "haptic feedback" to steer the worker toward the correct bin.
The aim, Amazon says in the patent, is to streamline the "time consuming" task of responding to orders and packaging them for speedy delivery. With guidance from a wristband, workers could fill orders faster.
Critics say such wristbands raise concerns about privacy and would add a new layer of surveillance to the workplace, and that the use of the devices could result in employees being treated more like robots than humans.
originally posted by: Argen
The information will be used to program their robotic replacements.
originally posted by: SilverOwls
a reply to: Cabin
These greedy mother#ers already duck out of their fair share of taxes. Trotting from one island haven to another. Now they want more than their fair share of toil and sweat.
They're too big to take down and monopolize the marketplace . FFS my family always uses amazon and we aren't about stopping. Something needs to change.
originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: Cabin
People are lucky theyre going this route and keeping humans in jobs rather than going fully automaton, where they would save more and profit vastly more with little or no mistakes.
originally posted by: chadderson
Makes me wonder what 40 hours of mindless misplaced awareness does to a human being. Can they still think critically afterwards?