Amazon rumoured to be developing a domestic robot

Noel Cummings
April 24, 2018

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is reportedly working on secret Amazon robots for the home. 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).

However, those close to the project say that Vesta could serve as a mobile Echo that can follow users around the home.

Amazon has a top-secret project codenamed "Vesta" that is said to be focused on building robots for the home. The division is now advertising dozens of opening with titles such as "Software Engineer, Robotics" and "Principle Sensors Engineer". More hints come in the form of the project codename; "Vesta" is the Greek goddess of hearth, home, and family. With a built-in camera, it'd be a natural fit to monitor the home for activity.

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As concerns for privacy are becoming more prevalent, there is a high level of trust required to allow a robot equipped with computer vision and audio recording capabilities into your home.

By such a small detail, it is very hard to guess exactly what Amazon is planning but we can easily say that it is not going to have some sort of "robot able to perform different household chores".

Amazon declined to comment for the Bloomberg story, citing a corporate policy against addressing rumors and speculation.

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

It became known that the developers at Amazon are working to create robots. And given Amazon has done well with its Echo line and Fire tablets there's no reason to think that its domestic robots will be too homely for consideration.

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

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Apple has said in the past it wants to be everywhere we are, and robots could be a part of that. LG is even getting in on the action, having demonstrated its own CLOi bot, which unfortunately failed several times to respond to its human counterpart.

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