AMAZON has patented “spy goggles” for staff that can direct them around warehouses while also monitoring workers’ “every move”. The online giant has been accused of using “Big Brother” tactics over the plans to make employees wear “augmented reality glasses”. Amazon is already under fire for its working conditions and paying the lowest UK corporation tax for five years – just £4.6m in 201 or six per cent on profits of £72m as sales soar to £8.8bn as high streets struggle. According to the patent, filed in the US on Wednesday, the goggles will give turn-by-turn directions on a screen, showing workers where to pick up or place objects in warehouses. It also describes collecting extremely detailed information that could be used to track an employee’s whereabouts throughout the entire work day. The goggles would also track “orientation and accelerometer data,” which could translate to things like walking speed and their exact location. According to the Mirror, there is also a line in the patent that describes how the goggles could even prompt employees who aren’t moving to work harder. Trade Union GMB has slammed the idea and accused Amazon of “treating staff like robots”. Tim Roache, GMB general secretary,… Read full this story
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