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Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' to Notify Warehouse Workers if They Get Too Close


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Distance Assistance supports safe distancing practices.

Amazon has unveiled a new artificial intelligence tool it says will help employees follow social distancing rules.

Amazon has deployed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool to help employees follow social distancing rules.

The "Distance Assistant" uses a TV screen, depth sensors, and an AI-enabled camera to track employees' movements and provide real-time feedback.

Circles around employees' feet flash red on the screen if they come closer than six feet to one another, warning them to keep a safe distance apart.

Amazon says the tool is a "standalone unit" that only requires power, implying it doesn’t store data about worker movements.

The company plans to open source the technology so others can replicate and deploy the devices.

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