After a series of test runs, a robot called Toru Cube will achieve a world first in March, when it begins to work continuously in a huge warehouse complex operated by Sigloch in Blaufelden, Germany. Sigloch is a publishing logistics company that supplies books to a variety of firms, including online giant Amazon. The main reason why Sigloch will employ the robot is to reduce the number of long, time-consuming walks that its employees have to make to reach rarely entered areas of the warehouse, where specialized literature and scientific publications are stored. Whenever such a book is ordered, “coworker” Toru Cube will be sent a message via Wi-Fi. The robot’s industrial computer, which serves as something like a brain, contains a 3D map of the warehouse. As it moves forward, Toru Cube will use laser sensors to measure the distances to walls and obstacles so that it doesn’t collide with anything. At the same time, the robot will count how many times its wheels have turned in order to know how far it has traveled and thus where it currently is within a hall. The company Magazino was founded by Frederik Brantner, Lukas Zanger, and Nikolas Engelhard in January 2014, and quickly made a name for itself within the robotics community.