Foxconn has started to replace its factory workers with robots, according to a CNET report. The move is designed to improve efficiency and combat rising labor costs.
The first batch of 10,000 robots -- nicknamed "Foxbots" -- have arrived in at least one Foxconn factory, with another 20,000 due by the end of the year, according to a Singularity Hub post. The robots cost between $20,000 and $25,000 apiece to produce -- about three times the average annual salary of Foxconn's factory workers, according to a report on the Chinese Web site TechWeb.
A recent report said, Foxconn is looking to establish manufacturing plants in the U.S. and is conducting evaluations of cities such as Detroit and Los Angeles. Those plants are said to focus on LCD TV production which can be highly automated.