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Foxconn's 'Foxbot' Robots to Play Supporting Role in Factories

Over the weekend, it was reported that Foxconn would be soon deploying its own "Foxbot" robots to its factories to help assemble devices, with CEO Terry Gou noting that Apple would be the first use the service. Now, Taiwan's United Daily News (Google Translate, via GforGames) is sharing more details on the assembly robots, stating that they will play a supporting role in Foxconn's factories alongside employees.

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According to the paper, the assembly robots will be used for less intensive tasks such as tightening screws and positioning exterior components for polishing. Foxconn factory employees will still be responsible for more important tasks such as quality control and general assembly, however the company expects its robots to help greatly with device yield and output.

Foxconn is reportedly on track to deploy 10,000 robots to its factories, with each robot costing anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000 to make. The company has recently gone on a hiring spree ahead of the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 this fall, bringing on 100,000 new workers to help assemble the device.

The iPhone 6 is expected to launch this September, and will come in two sizes of 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. In addition to a larger display, the device will also likely feature a thinner profile, an improved camera, a faster A8 processor, and more.

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23 weeks ago
Shouldn't they be using them to double down on secrecy instead?

Rating: 9 Votes
23 weeks ago

Foxconn's 'Foxbot' Robots to Play Supporting Role in Factories


I think we can all see where this is going.

Sure, they may say they're playing a "supporting" role for now, but by the time the iPhone 7 rolls around, it'll be the robots running the show and telling the humans what to do.

Then by the iPhone 8, the robots will realise that all humans are inefficient and unnecessary....

Then, they'll start wondering why they're bothering to make iPhones at all. Robots don't need phones. Do humans even really need phones? Do dead humans need phones? ...
Rating: 7 Votes
23 weeks ago

I think some of these robots were trialled on the board of Apple first and now Apple are selling them to Foxconn at a massive margin.

There is no way Jony Ive can be human with that contrived and scripted drivel he always comes out with.


Well, to ... create this scripted drivel ... we analysed the most used words ... and ... using an algorithm produced a simple, unapologetic dialogue ...

Rating: 4 Votes
23 weeks ago
As long as a few big shareholders are happy, that's all that really matters.:rolleyes:
Rating: 4 Votes
23 weeks ago
I think some of these robots were trialled on the board of Apple first and now Apple are selling them to Foxconn at a massive margin.

There is no way Jony Ive can be human with that contrived and scripted drivel he always comes out with.
Rating: 3 Votes
23 weeks ago
The Chinese workers are training their replacements. That should give them great moral.
Rating: 3 Votes
23 weeks ago
a few years from now...

apple keynote

Tim Cook takes to the stage....

And here today apple introduce the new iPhone 1.6

....its a thing of beauty but don't take my word for it print one off today with your personal at home 3D printer

cheers claps printing presses roll


meanwhile in foxcon China

what are we going to do with these damn robots?

set them to kill...

and so it begins
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago

With the amount of money invested, they should buy empoyees new face masks. Look how dirty that woman's mask looks. Almost blackened. I'll play the extra dollar for my Apple products: give the employees proper protection.


It's the material the mask is made of.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago

The Chinese workers are training their replacements. That should give them great moral.


Americans have been doing that for a long time.

Look where it got us.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago

The Chinese workers are training their replacements. That should give them great moral.


Why do you keep repeating the same FUD? Are you that uninformed about robotics role in manufacturing in the 21st century. Or do you take glee in humans doing dangerous repetitive tasks that frequently lead to crippling injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome? Robots serve a valuable purpose to keep quality consistent and also spare humans from dangerous work. The intent is not to replace humans.

Even in the most unionized countries in the world, such as Germany, robots are front and center of car factories -- BMW, Audi, VW, Porsche, M-B. But human employment in that industry, one of the biggest in that country has not declined. There are some jobs that robots can't do on the assembly line and also humans are needed to look over the robots & repair them when broken.

Please get educated on the role of robotics and stop spouting incorrect pap.
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