July 15, 2019
Amazon is inching closer to making a wheeled robotic assistant that can be controlled via its Echo smart speakers.
In a report from Bloomberg, sources from Amazon say the company has pulled engineers off of other projects to develop the bot — a show of faith that indicates Amazon may soon look to bring the wheeled-assistant to market.
The robot, called ‘Vesta’, is controlled by Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, and measures about waist-high according to Bloomberg.
It’s unclear exactly what the intended purpose of the device would be, though speculation is that the bot would be a kind of mobile Echo, bringing the Alexa capabilities with users around their home.
Helping the bot on its transient journey around one’s home will be an array of cameras that use computer vision to navigate their environment.
Bloomberg reports that an Amazon employee was able to summon the robot using voice-commands in a demonstration.
Despite the ramp up in efforts to bring the robot to fruition, it’s unclear whether Vesta –which is named for the Roman goddess for the home and domestic life — will actually make it to Amazon’s product lineup.
This article was posted: Monday, July 15, 2019 at 2:33 am