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Is Amazon building a domestic robot?

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According to a report in Bloomberg Technology this week, the answer is yes…

Sources close to the company have said that Amazon is embarking upon a top-secret project to build a domestic robot. The project is apparently bears the codename ‘Vesta’ and is being overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division in California.
Amazon's proposed robot could follow you around the home assisting you with simple tasks.
(Could this be Amazon’s domestic robot out in the wild? We think not…)

Sources claim that Amazon is hoping to begin placing robots in employees’ homes by the end of 2018, and potentially launching the robot for sale to consumers as early as 2019- although this is by no means a concrete timeline for the project.

It’s not entirely clear what the full functionality of the robot will be, but insiders have termed it as being a ‘mobile Alexa’, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don’t have Echo devices. According to Bloomberg Technology, ‘Prototypes of the robots have advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving car. Former Apple executive Max Paley is leading the work on computer vision. Amazon has also hired specialised mechanical engineers from the robotics industry.'

Whilst attempts to create domestic robots in the past have failed, advances in computer vision technology, cameras, artificial intelligence and voice activation tilt the balance in favour of Amazon making their own domestic robot a success.

According to an estimate from Research and Markets, the consumer robot market will be worth about $15 billion a year by 2023, so there’s a lot of cash up for grabs for the company that can successful bring such a robot to market…
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