Kindle, Alexa, Now Amazon Is Building A Home Robot
First came the Kindle, then came Alexa and Echo now Amazon is having a crack at building the optimum home robot.
Currently the big online store is recruiting engineers to take their project to the next level while their prototype is already at the stage where it can navigate from room to room like driverless cars.
Some insiders claim the device could go on sale in time for Xmas.
According to Bloomberg, Amazon has embarked on an ambitious, top-secret plan to build a domestic robot codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess.
The project is overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division where devices such as the Echo speakers, Fire TV set-top-boxes, Fire tablets and the ill-fated Fire Phone was developed.
Currently the Company is advertising to hire “Software Engineer, Robotics” and “Principle Sensors Engineers”.
Some insiders claim 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.
Prototypes of the robots have advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving car.
At CES both Sony and LG attempted to show off their robotic developments. LG showed off a robot called Cloi in a demonstration that failed multiple times. Sony demonstrated a new version of a robotic dog called Aibo, which it sold a version of until the mid-2000s after first unveiling the concept about 20 years ago.