Amazon is building a home robot

Amazon's top-secret “Vesta” program is for building home robots

Alexa responds to spoken commands and questions. Consumers could eventually order groceries from Amazon Prime Now via their robot, have their robot retrieve the groceries at the door, and perhaps, eventually, even assist in preparations of a meal.

The CEO and the maker of Roomba have admitted that the invention of such a mobile home robot will be important in the future as it would definitely make smart homes more intuitive.

Assuming Amazon really is far enough along with its robot project to ship in 2019, Apple could be seen as lagging-assuming the company has plans for a home robot.

If all Vesta does is act as a mobile Alexa, that fails to live up to its billing as a "domestic" robot.

There is no such detail that how it will look like and what goal it will serve but Bloomberg hint it would be a sort of "mobile Alexa". Early prototypes are reported to feature cameras and computer vision tech, allowing Vesta to safely make its way through people's homes. Users would be able to speak to the robot with the use of Alexa Assistant. With a built-in camera, it'd be a natural fit to monitor the home for activity. Lab126 is responsible for devices like the Echo speakers and Fire tablets.

It's hard to not get excited about an Amazon-made robot, but there are still a lot of important details we aren't sure of. These helpers could do chores-think iRobot-or simply be companions.

If investments Amazon has made are any indication, the robot could attempt to incorporate lessons learned from Embodied Robotics, a company now running in stealth mode that received Alexa Fund backing in 2016. Like her work as director USC's Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, at Embodied Robotics she will focus on making machines that can socialize with humans and be an assistant. "The Holy Grail", Srinivasa said, is the robot that not only moves around, but physically interacts with the world around it.

The idea of a "domestic" robot should be familiar to everyone - they've existed in science-fiction for decades.

How long exactly, is impossible to predict, he said.

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