Amazon is stepping up its social distancing efforts in warehouses through the use of a new machine-learning device that monitors employees’ social distancing behavior.
The Distance Assistant uses a monitor and a camera to show employees in high traffic areas of Amazon’s warehouses how well they are doing at remaining six feet apart. Amazon announced the new device in a blog post on Tuesday.
“As people walk past the camera, a monitor displays live video with visual overlays to show if associates are within 6 feet of one another. Individuals remaining 6 feet apart are highlighted with green circles, while those who are closer together are highlighted with red circles,” wrote Brad Porter, a vice president, and distinguished engineer at Amazon. “The on-screen indicators are designed to remind and encourage associates to maintain appropriate distance from others.”
The device consists of a monitor, a camera, and a local computing device …