Amazon.com to Acquire Kiva Systems For Its RobotsBy: Richard Stalker - March 19, 2012
Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Kiva Systems a leading innovator of material handling technology. “Amazon has long used automation in its fulfillment centers, and Kiva’s technology is another way to improve productivity by bringing the products directly to employees to pick, pack and stow,” said Dave Clark, vice president, global customer fulfillment, Amazon.com. “Kiva shares our passion for invention, and we look forward to supporting their continued growth.”
“For the past ten years, the Kiva team has been focused on creating innovative material handling technologies,” said Mick Mountz, CEO and founder of Kiva Systems. “I’m delighted that Amazon is supporting our growth so that we can provide even more valuable solutions in the coming years.”
The deal estimated at $775 million dollars will help Amazon further automate it’s enormous warehouses. The robots it needs are quite amazing. Her is a video of them in action:
As you can see, many robots talk to each other and work together by using panels built into the floor. This automation is sure to pay for itself in a matter of years and further shows that Skynet is almost here.