June 16, 20 - 3:34 pm - LABS

Amazon is using AR to provide social distancing to its employees

Amazon disclosed its “Distance Assistant” to help warehouse workers maintain a WHO-prescribed social distance of six feet to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The AR (augmented reality) system uses sensors to create a security circle measurement between the employees, as they walk through it, the monitor shows the proper distance.

“Given social distancing isn’t always natural, this team set out to use augmented reality to create a magic-mirror-like tool that helps associates see their physical distancing from others”, said Brad Porter, the vice president and distinguished engineer leading Amazon’s robotics in a post of the company’s blog.

The standalone unit uses machine learning models to differentiate people from their surroundings.

See how it works in the video below: