Amazon patents wristbands, shock collars designed to steer employees' movements

If a worker's hands begin to move toward the wrong direction, the "haptic feedback system" would cause the wristband to buzz and direct their hand in the correct direction.

The wristbands, according to the patent documents, were designed as a means to keep track of products within Amazon warehouses as well as up day-to-day productivity.

The proposed tech could also provide Amazon management with a new means of workplace surveillance that would alert them to staffers who are wasting time or breaking for too long.

Amazon in the past has been accused of unbearable workplace conditions -- including timed bathroom breaks and 55-hour work weeks -- put in place to ensure the company is fulfilling shipping goals. The company did not immediately return a request for comment.

Imagine if instead of "employees", these could be force-feedback Waldoes controlling zombies Residual Human Resources from a remote location!

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4 Responses:

  1. Doctor Blood says:

    We're trying as best as we can to make Marshall Brain's Manna a true story.

  2. MattF says:

    I don't see 'Bezos' on the patent.

  3. "M" says:

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who was freaked out! And the Metropolis reference! Nicely done.

    One step closer to the robocalypse... :)

    Robocalypso?

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