Report says Amazon has a top-secret project involving robots for the home

After creating the smart speaker category in 2015, and in the process developing what many consider the top virtual assistant in the industry, what does Amazon do next? According to a report published today, the company has a top-secret plan to build a robot for the home. The same group inside Amazon responsible for the Amazon Echo, Lab126, is said to be working on the robot. The program is reportedly codenamed "Vesta," who in the Roman religion is the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family.

Anonymous sources said to be knowledgeable about "Vesta" say that the robot is like a mobile version of Alexa, following people around their house into rooms where there is Echo smart speaker already set up. Amazon is supposedly planning to place some of these robots in homes for testing before it actually launches the product. While the timeline is fluid, the testing could start later this year with consumer sales starting in 2019. This domestic robot is different than the ones that Amazon Robotics designed for use in the company's warehouses to move around products.

Those familiar with the prototypes say that it will use a combination of cameras and software to navigate throughout a home in the same manner as a self-driving car. The latest breakthroughs in AI, voice activation and computer vision will allow Amazon to produce the robot. And while hopes are pretty high at Amazon, keep in mind that while Lab126 did create the hot-selling Amazon Echo, it also was responsible for the dud known as the Amazon Fire Phone.



source: Bloomberg

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6 Comments

2. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Screw. That. I don’t even want a spy, I mean ‘Smart’, speaker in my home.

3. warrenellis93

Posts: 550; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

So now the robot can buy stuff with alexa when you are not around

4. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Amazon needs to fix its delivery problems first.

5. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Tis a bit much, no? Guess we'll wait and see.

6. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

So...Here comes the Matrix. When the first of these robots kill his human master...

7. drazwy

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Unless they have the capability to take over the world, i'm not interested.

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