Amazon is launching Distance Assistant AI to help employees stay away from society.
Amazon has introduced an AI to keep its employees socially distant and to prevent the risk of contracting coronavirus among them
"Because of social distance, this team set out to use Augmented Reality to create a magic-mirror-like tool that helps colleagues see their physical distance from other Amazons in a statement.
Amazon further explained how the AI, Distance Assistant operates backwards from an excellent visual feedback definition and inspired by existing examples such as radar speed check signs, our Distance Assistant provides employees with live feedback on social distance through a 50-inch display, a camera and a local Amazon computer device.
In Amazon's buildings Distance Assistant also uses camera footage to help locate high-traffic areas.
A system analyzes live video with visual overlays to show if associates are within 6 feet of each other, as people walk past the camera. The remaining individuals 6 feet apart are illustrated with green circles, while those closer to each other are highlighted with red circles.
According to an internal memo seen by Reuters, Amazon is also developing a wearable system that lights up and makes an audio warning when employees are too close together. The device is to be piloted at a warehouse outside of Seattle from Wednesday.
According to a memo seen by CNBC, the device is a clear plastic sleeve with a clip featuring an LED light and audio system. The device emit a loud beeping noise and the light flashes when employees are too close to each other, CNBC said.
"Our first Distance Assistant installations are now live in a few of our buildings. We've learned that workers see value in having immediate visual input, and site leaders welcome another safety measure. Based on the positive feedback from employees, we'll be deploying hundreds of these devices in the coming weeks.
We are also starting the process of opening the software and AI behind this innovation, so that anyone can create their Distance Assistant, "said Amazon.
Amazon was under criticism over the steps it took to shield its employees from COVID-19.
A study by The Verge reported that Amazon was not very open about disclosing positively checked numbers of workers with COVID-19. Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, called infection figures "not a very useful number," the article said.
"We have requested but not received information on how many of the Companies’ workers have been infected with COVID-19, and how many have died from it," a letter from 13 state attorneys general stated.
"Please provide a state-by-state breakdown for each Company with this information," the letter demanded that Amazon disclose the number of workers who have been impacted by the virus, TechCrunch stated.
So far, there have been 8 reported deaths from Amazon due to COVID-19.