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1. (WO2018183045) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TELE-OPERATED INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/183045    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/023415
Publication Date: Fri Oct 05 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Mar 21 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: B25J 9/16
B65G 1/137
Applicants: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Inventors: GUPTA, Bhaskar
AALUND, Martin Peter
MIRCHANDANI, Jeetendra G.
Title: METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TELE-OPERATED INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Abstract:
Described herein is an inventory management system, and corresponding methods, in which robotic units are configured to execute at least a portion of a set of instructions in an automated manner. During execution of the set of instructions, robotic units may encounter tasks that they are unable to complete in an automated manner. The robotic units, upon encountering these tasks, may submit a request for manual operation to a control unit. In some embodiments, the request may be assigned to an available operator, which may take over control of the robotic unit using a remote manipulation device, to complete the task manually. Once the task has been completed manually, automated execution of the instructions may be resumed. In embodiments of the disclosed system, an operator may work assigned requests as those requests are received, which may eliminate downtime for the operator.