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Foxconn's 'Foxbots' To Work Alongside Humans In A Supporting Role, Report Claims

Foxconn's 'Foxbots' To Work Alongside Humans In A Supporting Role, Report Claims

July 9, 2014

Foxconn’s announcement concerning its upcoming “Foxbots” might have sounded like it foreshadowed a “Matrix”-style robot uprising, but according to a recent report, the machines aren’t going to be replacing human workers … yet.

Taiwan’s United Daily News (via GforGames) explains that the Foxbots are going to be used for less complex, more repetitive tasks on the production line “like tightening lock screws, positioning the larger, exterior components in place, or for polishing.”

That being said, Apple is nevertheless still expected to be the first of Foxconn’s partners to take the Foxbots for a spin.

As we explained on Monday, Foxbots cost between $20,000 and $25,000, and Foxconn is planning on using some 10,000 of the machines in its various factories. Each robot will be able to work on around 30,000 devices, making Foxbots a valuable addition to the manufacturer’s workforce.

Production of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is expected to begin next month, in August, ahead of the device’s launch in September.

In preparation for the iPhone 6, Foxconn went on a hiring spree during the month of June, reportedly amassing some 100,000 new workers. We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.

In the meantime, see: Gameloft Finally Announces Official Release Date For Modern Combat 5: Blackout, Tin Man Games’ ‘Gamebook Adventures’ Series Goes On Sale For A Limited Time, and Google Search Gets Smarter On iOS, Lets Users Quickly Fix Misinterpretations.

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