Key Trends in Robotics for the Coming Year | Q&A [Video]

SUPPLY CHAIN BRAIN (May 2019)

New developments in robotics are making the technology both more affordable and applicable to warehouse operations of many types and sizes, says Jim Liefer, chief executive officer of Kindred.

SCB: What do you see as the key robotics trends in the supply-chain industry this year?

Liefer: The trend is definitely moving to direct manipulation of physical product. By that I mean robots that understand unstructured themes, where to pick something up, how to identify it, and how to place it. That, I believe, is where everything's going.

SCB: What’s a situation that a robot can address now that it couldn't previously?

Liefer: A.I. is the key. It has enabled robots to work in a world full of exceptions — an environment that’s unpredictable.

Watch the full interview here