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Amazon developing secret home robots?

Amazon developing secret home robots?

Lab 126 previously concocted Amazon Fire TV, the Amazon Firetablets, Echo smart speakers and the Amazon Fire Phone (remember that?), according to Bloomberg. There's no clarity on what the robots will even be able to do.

Amazon is now working on a domestic robot - an Echo with legs (or wheels), if you like - it has been reported.

The project is being developed by Lab126, the hardware research and development division of Amazon that operates out of Sunnyvale in California.

To pull off this ambitious engineering feat, engineers are needed, of course.

While sources claim that the project was initiated years ago, Amazon began ramping up hiring this year, with dozens of job listings appearing on the Lab126 website in recent weeks. Amazon's spokesperson declined to comment on the development saying that the company does not comment on rumors.

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The initiative is still at the hush-hush stage right now and apparently goes by the codename Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family.

Early Vesta models are expected to be more like self-driving cars that follow users indoors, acting similar to a mobile platform for the Alexa voice-activated digital assistant.

As of now it's unclear what tasks the Amazon robot might perform.

Already, prototypes feature advanced cameras and computer vision software, allowing the robot to move around a home like a self-driving auto, presumably aware of the surroundings and avoiding obstacles. This year, Amazon made a decision to ramp up the development of the domestic robot project, and it seems like the first consumer products could be available as early as 2019.

As the company looks for more ways into your home, a domestic robot makes a whole lot of sense.


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