Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon is working on something top-secret that will drastically change how we live and play in our own homes.
Amazon is betting big on robots for the home.
According to Bloomberg, Amazon – the e-commerce and cloud computing giant has taken steps to take on an ambitious plan of developing a domestic robot. The project is dubbed Codenmane “Vesta” and is being overseen by Gregg Zehr, who heads up Amazon’s hardware research and development lab in Sunnyvale, California. The research facility known as Lab126 is responsible for the development of the Amazon Echo and Amazon’s Fire products.
Again, according to Bloomberg, the Vesta project started a few years ago, but people working on the project have begun a massive hiring spree and according to people close to the project, robots could be in Amazon employees’ homes by the end of 2018. Furthermore, there is an intended consumer launch date of sometime in 2019.
As of now, there is zero information on how the robot will actually work. Many speculate that at its core the robot will essentially be a mobile Alexa, accompanying users to areas where an Amazon Echo devices aren’t present.
Prototypes of the robot device have advanced cameras and can navigate through homes in a similar fashion to the way autonomous cars navigate streets.
The idea of domestic robots is nothing new. Industry experts predict that this will be an inevitability and it’s only a matter of time until we have robots in our home that perform menial tasks like minor cleaning and home organizing.
The real question is that when it becomes available will you be ready to put one in your house?