This smart robot packs potential for large retailers : Huge warehouse market seen for the Sort system, made by Canada's Kindred Systems Inc. The man-machine hybrid is powered by reinforcement learning and, yes, that means it learns from humans
When Jim Liefer was vicepresident of operations for Walmart's online business, his biggest problem was finding workers to sort customer orders in the company's warehouses. There just weren't enough of them.
Robots should have been the solution, but there was just one issue.
"Robots have been out there for a while in manufacturing - and they're pretty dumb," he says. "Dumb robots can only do so much. People need to have smart robots."
That simple realization is ultimately what l...