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Amazon's Proteus robot is fully autonomous and ready to move your Prime Day purchases


Amazon's new warehouse robot looks like a Roomba, but lifts like an Olympian.

The company's first fully-autonomous robot arrives a decade after Amazon bought robot coordination and fulfillment company Kiva (opens in new tab) and made its first nearly billion-dollar bet on robotic automation.

Amazon now employs roughly 200,000 robots (opens in new tab) across its 1,137 fulfillment centers (opens in new tab) but, up until now, the bots have never worked freely alongside human Amazon workers.

Proteus, though, is different. In a release on the new bot (opens in new tab), Amazon explained that Proteus was built for autonomy and to work around employees.

Amazon also released a video showing Proteus in action. Looking like a giant iRobot Roomba, but with friendly, monochrome eyes blinking in the front, the flat robot rolls under an Amazon GoCart stuffed full of products (basically a product cage). The ...


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