Amazon's big bet for the future: Your moving robot butler

24 April, 2018, 20:16 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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(NASDAQ:AMZN) launched the Kindle to encourage people to read on digital devices. Four years ago, the company unveiled the Echo, which made it possible for people to talk on computers.

The company, a giant in retail and cloud computing, is now working on an ambitious plan to develop a domestic robot.

But a robot is likely to be able to move, which means there will literally be no escaping it. Since Vesta is technically a top secret endeavour, not much is known about it at this time.

The most recent project Amazon has been working on involves a home robot codenamed Vesta that could define the way humans interact with robotic AIs. Gregg Zehr, who is in charge of the company's Lab126 hardware research and development section that is based in Sunnyvale, California, is in charge of the project. Lab 126 previously concocted Amazon Fire TV, the Amazon Firetablets, Echo smart speakers and the Amazon Fire Phone (remember that?), according to Bloomberg.

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Amazon has published job adverts on its job page which reveal it's looking for a "software engineer, robotics" and "principle sensors engineer".

With the market for domestic robots expected to be huge, other companies including Sony Corp and LG Electronics are also learnt to be developing new products. However, people familiar with the project say that the robot could be a sort of mobile Alexa.

Amazon did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment but told Bloomberg it doesn't comment on "rumors and speculation". Prototypes of the Vesta reportedly come equipped with advanced cameras and vision software that let them navigate through homes.

Its remains unclear of the tasks that will be performed by the Amazon robot.

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