Today’s episode of The Robot Report Podcast is a deep dive into warehouse automation. We discuss the role humanoids are hoping to play in logistics, including how GXO is testing the Digit humanoid from Agility Robotics. We also discuss the state of mobile robots with John Santagate, Vice President of Robotics at Körber Supply Chain. We also talk about artificial intelligence and the growth of picking robots with Peter Chen, Co-Founder and CEO of Covariant.
Of course, the big news of the week is that GXO, the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider, is testing Digit at a warehouse in Georgia for the global womenswear brand Spanx. In the pilot, Digit is moving totes off of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and onto a conveyor. The AMRs, which appear to be Chucks from 6 River Systems, bring the packed totes to a transfer station. Digit then uses its perception system to detect the AMR has arrived.
17:17 — Interview with John Santagate, Vice President of Robotics at Körber Supply Chain
1:01:02 — Interview with Peter Chen, Co-Founder and CEO, Covariant
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