Wouldn’t it be great if there were tiny drones buzzing all over a warehouse monitoring and tracking products from a distance while human workers are free to move things and manage other material? MIT researchers have developed a new system which could prevent misplaced products and aid employees to locate specific items faster and flawlessly with the extra bonus for looking really cool with a bunch of worker drones zipping around.
Per MIT’s news outlet:
“Between 2003 and 2011, the U.S. Army lost track of $5.8 billion of supplies among its warehouses,” says Fadel Adib, the Sony Corporation Career Development Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, whose group at the MIT Media Lab developed the new system. “In 2016, the U.S. National Retail Federation reported that shrinkage — loss of items in retail stores — averaged around $45.2 billion annually. By enabling drones to find and localize items and equipment, this research will provide a fundamental technological advancement for solving these problems.”
When RFID was introduced it was a groundbreaking system but now it’s not all that flashy and it heavily used for doing specific in APP things, update patient tracking in hospitals or keep track of domestic pet or wildlife. In the research team’s paper it titled adorably RFly by MIT’s system. This new tech can be the next big step in keeping track of large warehouse inventories. Especially when Amazon’s drone service is right around the corner.