Amazon reveals 'anti-robot vest' to protect workers from giant machines smashing into them

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Amazon is increasingly relying on robots for some menial tasks in its warehouses, from transporting goods across short distances to stocking shelves.

Now, the internet giant has devised a system to protect employees from getting run over by any roving robots.

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Employees are being fitted with 'robotic tech vests' that notify the machines of their whereabouts so that any potential accidents are avoided, according to TechCrunch.

Over the course of the past year, workers in more than 25 fulfillment centers have been able to use the vests.

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The vests were designed by Amazon Robotics and are worn like a pair of suspenders that are attached to a belt.

The device is packed with sensors that communicate with nearby robots, alerting them to an employee's location so that they don't crash into them, TechCrunch noted.

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The vests will be particularly helpful for when employees have to enter parts of the warehouse that are designated robot zones.

Human employees aren't typically allowed into these areas as a safety precaution.

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Currently, if an employee enters the area, it triggers an alarm, which disables the robots, as a means of avoiding any possible collisions.

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