Amazon Home Robot Could Bring You Alexa On Wheels

Pauline Obrien
April 24, 2018

The project is codenamed "Vesta" after the Roman goddess of the hearth and the home. It's entirely possible Amazon will decide to scrap Vesta like it's done with other Lab 126 projects, but this feels like the next natural move for the company's assistant. Anything Amazon assembles would want to become equally as wise. There have been various openings spotted online for the positions of "Computer Vision and Deep Learning Research Scientist", "Software Engineer, Robotics", and "Principal Seniors Engineer".

The firm reportedly has plans to put the machines inside the homes of staff before the end of this year. Test check whether the device will be held in the homes of employees of the company.

Amazon is looking into developing domestic, AI-powered robots. The timeline is subject to change though, so the domestic robots could be launched to the public a little later than 2019.

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Bloomberg also reports the project is not anything like the robots designed by Amazon Robotics, which were created to move around goods in warehouses. 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 auto. Acting much like a self-driving auto inside a house, Vesta could follow you around and be ready for any query thrown its way.

Insider sources say Amazon is still sorting out exactly what features its home-based robot will have.

An Amazon spokesman said they "do not comment on rumors and speculation", when being asked about the robot-news. At a time when many people are pretty creeped out about how much information tech giants have on all of us this leak must be pretty awkward for Amazon. Some robots like LG's CLOi and Sony's Aibo puppy robot have yet to take off, likely due to their ambiguous nature and high price tags (the Aibo pooch costs a whopping $1,739).

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Alexa is Amazon's digital voice assistant, which powers the company's market-leading Echo smart speakers.

The Roomba is perhaps the one domestic robot that's broken through, thanks mainly to its singular function.

It uses artificial intelligence to learn and interact with its owner and surroundings.

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