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Amazon Patents Wristband to Track and Control Employee Movements

Amazon patented a wristband designed to track employee movements and guide them to the appropriate inventory.

The wristbands can see the location of employees and track their hand movements. It buzzes to alert them if they’ve grabbed the wrong item, according to GeekWire.

The patents related to the technology Amazon is seeking were granted on Jan. 30, even though the company first filed them in 2016.

The system includes wristbands that the employees wear and that provide haptic feedback, ultrasonic devices around the Amazon warehouse, and a module that oversees the system, according to an interpretation of the patent by The Verge.

There is no guarantee when or if Amazon will turn the system into reality, but the patent documents obtained by GeekWire indicate Amazon is seeking a more efficient way to run its fulfillment centers.