The wheels of a tall, metal cart squeak as Chris Beatty, 26, pulls it through a maze of aisles inside a cosmetics warehouse in Burlington, N.J.
Robots now rule the warehouse.
Amazon just bought Kiva Systems for $775 million. The company makes robots that automate warehouse fulfillment.
The beauty of our system,” Raffaello D’Andrea says as he paces across the warehouse, ”is that you don’t have to walk over to the shelves to get things–the shelves come to you.” With that, he motions toward some 200 blue plastic racks sitting at the center of the building. A mechanical whir fills the room. And then the robots appear…
(incredible video after jump…)