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Amazon's Secretive "Vesta" Program is Reportedly Building Home Robots

Amazon's Secretive Amazon's Secretive "Vesta" Program is Reportedly Building Home Robots
Melba Vasquez | 23 April, 2018, 19:45

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Amazon is said to be working on a domestic robot codenamed "Vesta" after the Roman goddess of family, hearth, and home.

The secret program, "Vesta", is reportedly Amazon's plan to bring consumer-friendly robots to people's homes-and as early as 2019.

The sources didn't specify what the robot does, though it could be a mobile Alexa that follows a user around the house using advanced cameras and computer vision software similar to how a self-driving auto operates. Alexa responds to spoken commands and questions.

Still, if you live alone, the Amazon robot might be company for you, it's an intriguing idea and we'd love to see how it pans out. Some of the sources say that it could operate as something of a portable Alexa speaker, ensuring that Amazon's AI is never out of earshot. Of course, the Roomba is already enabled with Alexa skills, so it's unlikely Amazon is looking to compete directly with iRobot. Anything Amazon builds would need to be just as smart.

Amazon looks to have this robot ready to go quickly, hoping to have it up and running in employees' homes before the end of 2018.

The initiative is led by Gregg Zehr, who heads up Amazon's Lab126 hardware unit, and Bloomberg reports that Max Paley, the former Apple executive, is heading up the computer vision work. It has recently been trying to hire more robotics engineers.

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