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On display at V&A South Kensington
Design 1900 to Now, Room 74

Amazon robot

Amazon Robot
Artist/Maker

The Amazon robot is being loaned for the 'Automation and Labour: The Changing Nature of Work' section of the Design: 1900 to Now galleries. Along with the Motorola Wearable terminal (CD.39-2014), it tells the story of how the nature of retail work has changed to meet the demand for next-day deliveries. The robot has automated part of the warehouse worker's role, reducing the amount they must walk and, in turn, increasing efficiency. Amazon is one of the world's largest online marketplaces, a household name, and a leader of warehouse innovation.

It is possible to see the Amazon robot in action in one of the Amazon warehouses (or 'fulfilment centres) here: https://blog.aboutamazon.co.uk/look-inside-an-amazon-fulfilment-centre-with-a-guided-video-tour


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
Amazon warehouse robot
Physical Description
An orange robot with features including a turn-table and a camera to enable it to carry shelves to warehouse workers.
Dimensions
  • Width: 71cm
  • Length: 102cm
  • Height: 25cm (Note: Turn table raised)
  • Weight: 145kg (approximately)
Production typeMass produced
Gallery Label
A robot as my colleague Online shopping is radically changing the way we shop, and with it, the nature of retail work. To meet demand for next-day deliveries, retailers are using technology to boost efficiency in their warehouses. Robots used in Amazon distribution centres bring shelves with products to workers, reducing walking time and increasing capacity. Elsewhere, wrist-worn computers provide employees with automated instructions on which products to collect, scan and pack, and give immediate feedback. While automation speeds up order processing and reduces the potential for error, it also changes how we work and who we work with. Wrist-worn computer Motorola WT41N0, 2013 Designed by and manufactured for Motorola Solutions, USA Plastic case, textile strap and electronic components Given by Symbol Technologies, Inc. Museum no. CD.39:1 to 5-2014 Amazon warehouse robot 2020 Designed by Amazon Robotics, USA Metal casing and electronic components On loan from Amazon Services UK Museum no. LOAN:DAD.1-2021 The object sits in the 'Automation and Labour' section of the Design 1900-Now gallery opened in June 2021.(17/06/2021)
Credit line
Lent by Amazon UK Services Ltd
Summary
The Amazon robot is being loaned for the 'Automation and Labour: The Changing Nature of Work' section of the Design: 1900 to Now galleries. Along with the Motorola Wearable terminal (CD.39-2014), it tells the story of how the nature of retail work has changed to meet the demand for next-day deliveries. The robot has automated part of the warehouse worker's role, reducing the amount they must walk and, in turn, increasing efficiency. Amazon is one of the world's largest online marketplaces, a household name, and a leader of warehouse innovation.



It is possible to see the Amazon robot in action in one of the Amazon warehouses (or 'fulfilment centres) here: https://blog.aboutamazon.co.uk/look-inside-an-amazon-fulfilment-centre-with-a-guided-video-tour
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:DAD.1-2021

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record createdApril 1, 2021
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