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Will Our Phones Be Built By Fully Automated Robots Or Humans?

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It is no secret that BlackBerry has contracted Foxconn, the world’s largest contract-manufacturer, to build their devices. Together with their other mega-client, foxconn is already having trouble keeping up with the demand for Apple’s iPhone. To alleviate this issue, as well as the human rights issue that has been plaguing the company, they planning to use robots, or what they called Foxbots, to do the manufacturing instead.

With each Foxbot able to assemble 30,000 phones per year, they are planning to install 10,000 Foxbots for a test. This, at its peak, would allow them to assemble 300 million phones per year.

Even as Apple is expected to be the first in line to use these Foxbot’s for manufacturing, at this rate, BlackBerry could just be the next in line.

So, in this instance, do you think it matters that your devices are assembled by hand in Foxconn or by their new Foxbots? If so, which would you prefer?

Via Marketwatch

6 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Quality vs quantity.

  2. In the future companies will be able to play to this and say “We hand assemble your device with precision and love” Kind of like a Porsche to get the extra few dollars from that!

  3. The comment about the Demand for iPhones made me chuckle lol.
    Hopefully people can come to there senses and no longer buy the iPhone hype.
    I also believe humans is a better idea. Keep people employed so they can support there families.

    • But what if the pay from assembling phones is not enough to support a family? Should foxconn raise salaries or get the robots? Why would they increase salaries? If tomorrow all excavators and farming machinery was destroyed, would you be willing to take a shovel and dig coal by hand to support your family? If manually assembling phones is a great idea, why is manually digging coal or plowing a field not such a great thing?

  4. Wistron will produce Wseries, not foxconn

  5. When will it be available?

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