Amazon has unveiled its newest try to curb the spread of COVID-19 by means of its warehouses: an AI digital camera system generally known as the “Distance Assistant.”
The cameras are linked to sensors that measure the space between employees, and machine studying models that differentiate them from their surroundings.
A 50-inch monitor tracks their actions, utilizing visual overlays to show whether or not they’re within six feet of each other — the minimal distance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Workers that stay a secure distance apart are highlighted with green circles. When they get too close, the circles flip red.
Brad Porter, the vice chairman of Amazon Robotics, said that the system was already live in “a handful” of buildings and that a whole lot more could be deployed over the subsequent few weeks. He added that Amazon plans to open-source the software program so anybody can create their very own model of the system.
Check out the video under to see the Distant Assistant in motion:
Amazon’s coronavirus problems
The Distance Assistant is Amazon‘s newest try to cease the coronavirus spreading by means of its warehouses.
The firm refuses to reveal what number of of its workers have been killed by COVID-19, however based on media reports, not less than eight warehouse employees have died of the illness.
In response, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just lately pledged to spend not less than $4 billion on COVID 19-related initiatives — his predicted working revenue for the entire quarter.
Bezos said the investments would come with testing capabilities, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleansing of Amazon facilities, and better wages for hourly groups.
Given the corporate’s history of developing facial recognition, it’s unsurprising that a computer vision system will take up another chunk of the money.
Published June 16, 2020 — 16:23 UTC