You won’t need to fork out on an Echo in every room with an Amazon bot.
Amazon is reportedly making a home robot at its Lab126 hardware R&D centre – the developer behind the Echo, as well as the Kindle, and the Fire tablet range.
Bloomberg reports that the project, code-named Vesta for the Roman goddess of the hearth, the home, and domestic life, is being overseen by Gregg Zehr, president of Lab126.
Amazon has reportedly increased the number of hires for the project, which will form part of a “smart team of doers that work passionately to apply cutting edge advances in robotics and software to solve real-world challenges” in order to “transform” their customers’ experiences in ways they “can’t even imagine yet.”
According to Bloomberg, Lab126 intends to roll out the prototype robots into employees’ homes by the end of the year, with commercial prototypes possibly becoming available early next year. The information comes from “people briefed on the plan,” but Amazon refused to comment on “rumors and speculation” when Bloomberg reached out for further confirmation.
Bloomberg’s sources speculate that Amazon’s robot could be a “mobile Alexa” that will provide Echo functionality in rooms without the device.
Earlier this year, we saw some delightful robots at CES 2018, and at last year’s event, LG unveiled its lineup of intelligent robots that use Amazon’s Alexa voice recognition technology, and can connect your smart devices to others.
Those of you who can’t wait for Amazon’s offering have an alternative option available right now, with Jibo, pegged as a “social robot” that “looks, listens, and learns” and that definitely won’t report you to the Ministry of Love before you can say “Room 101”.