How a nature documentary inspired a cutting-edge design that shrinks massive warehouses into the space of an office building

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Attabotics uses robots to fetch products quicker, and in smaller spaces. Automation company Attabotics shrinks the typical sprawling warehouse into compact, vertical units, using robots to ferry items from shelves to box packers. “I asked myself, What [layout] would be ideal for a robot, not a person?” says cofounder and CEO Scott Gravelle. Attabotics’s system is in six locations across North America, including food and beverage and medical supply facilities; in 2019, the company announced a partnership with Nordstrom to build a 340,000-square-foot warehouse, down from the company’s typical 1.5 million (or more) square feet. The intent, Gravelle says, is to put fulfillment centers in smaller spaces, closer to customers, while easing the burden on workers and reducing commerce’s carbon footprint. Read Full Story

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Amazon knows you have too many boxes, so it wants you to make cat condos and robot costumes

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The suggestion comes as part of Amazon’s push for sustainable packaging. Ever since you became a hermit who doesn’t leave the house, you’ve probably been hoarding a stash of cardboard boxes, ones that transported the household items you ordered from Amazon instead of risking a trip to the neighborhood CVS. It’s time now to complete the trifecta by using the boxes to build a sprawling, multistory cat condo. Read Full Story

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Staying in Texas. Fleeing New York. Here’s how and where people are moving during COVID-19

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Close to 86% of people moving stay in the same state that they’re currently living in, according to a new LendingTree study. The past year saw lots of moving trucks, cardboard wardrobe boxes, and friends pizza-bribed into helping unload U-Hauls, but the destination of the majority of those packing-tape-wielding relocators didn’t have to change the two-letter geographic code on their mail. Read Full Story

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What magic can teach us about the future of technology, according to an MIT magician

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At the computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH, Marco Tempest of Magic Lab and the MIT Media Lab explained how magic tricks can test people’s psychological responses to emerging technology, like drones and robots. In a livestreamed talk for this year’s SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference, magician Marco Tempest demonstrated a flock of drones that responded to his spoken and gestured commands, forming a ring around him and even following his orders to insert themselves into a box. Read Full Story

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This $1,500 electric bike ships right to your door

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The world of cycling relies on independent bike shops to operate. That may soon change. When I walk to my porch, I wonder who ordered the 85-inch TV. This gargantuan box is sitting there, and it’s heavy enough that I’d prefer not to move the thing alone. That’s when I realize, it’s not a TV. It’s a mostly assembled bike. Read Full Story

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