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Wrist Watching: Amazon Patents System To Track, Guide Employees' Hands

The online retailer has acquired patents for wristbands using radio frequencies or ultrasonic pulses to identify exactly where a warehouse worker's hands are, and indicate if they need to move.
A diagram from an Amazon patent application shows a human worker (labeled with "14") wearing an ultrasonic bracelet tracking his or her hand movements and providing feedback. The patent was granted on Tuesday. Source: Amazon

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Amazon two patents for wristbands that could track the exact location of warehouse workers' hands — and give workers tactile feedback to help guide them to a specific shelf.

The wristband and receiver system, as shown above in a diagram from the patent application, would rely on radio frequencies or ultrasonic pulses to monitor the device's

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