Amazon Is Building a Domestic Robot

Doris Richards
April 23, 2018

Amazon's next big move could be putting a robot - or several robots - into your home.

According to the report, while Vesta's exact goal is presently ambiguous, signs point to it acting as a mobile AI assistant, providing aid by accompanying users to places in their homes without Alexa devices.

Amazon might be developing a home robot.

The robots could establish as soon as 20-19 as stated by this report, that states they'll certainly be armed with cameras which enable them push round their domiciles. Those products include hits like Amazon's Echo speakers and Fire TV set-top boxes (thought Lab126 is also responsible for the disgusting Fire Phone).

Amazon's next major consumer product could be far more ambitious than Echo speakers and Fire tablets, according to a new Bloomberg report: The company is said to be working on an AI-powered domestic robot codenamed "Vesta", named after the Roman goddess of family, home, and hearth.

While the Vesta project is in its early stages, Amazon is said to be looking at trying out the robots in some employees' homes this year, and could possibly put Vesta robots on sale by 2019.

Gregg Zehr, president of Amazon's Lab126 research and development arm, is reportedly heading up the project. "People familiar with the project speculate that the Vesta robot could be a sort of mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don't have Echo devices", the Bloomberg report says.

The Vesta project is distinctly different from Amazon's other work in robotics, like Amazon Robotics (which focuses on automation rather than consumer products).

Amazon did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment but told Bloomberg it doesn't comment on "rumors and speculation".

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