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

Amazon's Secretive

Following its Kindle e-book readers and tablets, its Fire TV set-top offering and its Echo home digital assistant, Amazon is said to be developing something codenamed Vesta, a robot that could do...

Amazon is working in earnest on domestic robots, Bloomberg reports. The prototype robots "can navigate through homes like a self-driving auto", according to the report.

If it's just an Alexa-powered mobile speaker, it may not give enough reason for customers to care.

Amazon already has expertise in industrial robots that run its massive distribution warehouses.

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A robot Alexa would need to perform some other function (like, say, folding clothes or fetching cans of soda from the fridge) if it really wants to become part of Amazon customers' daily routines the way the Echo speaker has.

Amazon's next big product may be a talking robot that follows you around the house, courtesy of a secret program being overseen by its Lab126 hardware R&D division, reports Bloomberg.

Amazon would join a long line of tech companies introducing robots for the home, including Sony, LG and others. The news service says Amazon may begin testing the robots in employees' homes this year, with a possible public release in 2019. Those products include hits like Amazon's Echo speakers and Fire TV set-top boxes (thought Lab126 is also responsible for the terrible Fire Phone).

Rather, the Vesta will likely be an Echo with wheels.

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