Sunnyvale lab said working on new Amazon robots for the home

Mark Gurman explains Amazon’s plans to build home rebots

Mark Gurman explains Amazon’s plans to build home rebots

If everything goes accordingly, Amazon could start sending robots home with employees by the end of 2018, with the possibility of a public launch in 2019.

According to the report, while Vesta's exact objective is presently ambiguous, signs point to it acting as a mobile AI assistant, providing aid by accompanying users to places in their homes without Alexa devices.

If a "top-secret" Amazon plan comes to fruition, the online retail giant's next big thing might be home robots.

That's according to a report on Monday morning from Bloomberg, which says that Amazon is several years deep into a project codenamed "Vesta" - a project to create domestic robots that could live with you. Amazon's Lab126 consumer hardware R&D division has hired robotics industry mechanical engineers to aid in the project, and is still hiring for sensor engineers and robotics software engineers. Its other in-home services incorporate the Amazon Echo speaker, the Amazon Fire-TV and its particular Amazon critical delivery service.

Just four years after kicking off the smart speaker craze with the Echo, Amazon is reportedly building robots for the home as its next major venture. As such, Vesta is seemingly an extension of Echo rather than something entirely new.

"People familiar with the project speculate that the Vesta robot could be a sort of mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don't have Echo devices", Bloomberg reports.

Amazon representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. When asked about its Vesta program, an Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg the company doesn't comment on "rumors and speculation".

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