Amazon is said to be building robotic home butlers

Amazon is said to be building robotic home butlers

Amazon is said to be building robotic home butlers

Bloomberg learned from people familiar with the cloud computing giant's plans Monday that Amazon is secretly betting big on robotics. More hints come in the form of the project codename; "Vesta" is the Greek goddess of hearth, home, and family. It's entirely possible Amazon will decide to scrap Vesta like it's done with other Lab 126 projects, but this feels like the next natural move for the company's assistant.

But the animatronic cat is out of the bag, Amazon, you might as well own up. The division is now advertising dozens of opening with titles such as "Software Engineer, Robotics" and "Principle Sensors Engineer".

While the project was conceived years ago, Amazon is just now ramping up hiring for the proposed home-bot.

iRobot is one of the leaders of the home robot market, largely because its devices are meant to do one thing-clean your home. The robots navigate Amazon's warehouses moving products so humans can fulfil orders. The general public might start using such type of robot by early 2019.

The project is reportedly overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon's Lab126 hardware research and development division. Those familiar with the prototypes say that it will use a combination of cameras and software to navigate throughout a home in the same manner as a self-driving vehicle.

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The robot's features are now unknown. A spokesperson for Amazon declined request for comment.

According to Bloomberg, Amazon is building its first robot.

On the other hand, Sony showed off a new version of its robotic dog called Aibo. It even has artificial intelligence that enables it to build up a character through its different interactions with people.

Sadly, the report has not revealed much about the robots and how will they work in real life. A device like Pepper, which isn't created to be a consumer product, costs thousands of dollars and isn't that useful.

It seems likely Amazon is not the only party to jump the robot bandwagon, but there seems to be no indication Apple is working on a home robot.

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