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TechnologyAmazon is developing a ROBOT called Vesta that will roam your house on wheels and can be summoned by voice commands, and plans to release a new Echo by next year, report claims

19:50  12 july  2019
19:50  12 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Amazon is developing a ROBOT called Vesta that will roam your house on wheels and can be summoned by voice commands, and plans to release a new Echo by next year, report claims© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Amazon is inching closer to making a wheeled robotic assistant that can be controlled via its Echo smart speakers. File photo Amazon is inching closer to making a wheeled robotic assistant that can be controlled via its Echo smart speakers.

In a report from Bloomberg, sources from Amazon say the company has pulled engineers off of other projects to develop the bot -- a show of faith that indicates Amazon may soon look to bring the wheeled-assistant to market.

The robot, called 'Vesta', is controlled by Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, and measures about waist-high according to Bloomberg.

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Amazon is reportedly developing its first robot for the home, according to Bloomberg. The project has been given the internal codename “ Vesta ,” named after There are no firm details on what Amazon ’s robot looks like or what purpose it will serve, but Bloomberg suggests it could be a sort of “mobile

It's unclear exactly what the intended purpose of the device would be, though speculation is that the bot would be a kind of mobile Echo, bringing the Alexa capabilities with users around their home.

Helping the bot on its transient journey around one's home will be an array of cameras that use computer vision to navigate their environment.

Bloomberg reports that an Amazon employee was able to summon the robot using voice-commands in a demonstration.

Despite the ramp up in efforts to bring the robot to fruition, it's unclear whether Vesta --which is named for the Roman goddess for the home and domestic life -- will actually make it to Amazon's product lineup.

The robot was first reported by Bloomberg last year and was met with denial by an Amazon spokesperson who told the outlet that the company doesn't comment on 'rumors and speculation.'

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WHAT IS AMAZON'S 'VESTA' PROJECT?

Amazon is reportedly developing a home robot called 'Vesta' that will be equipped with its Alexa voice assistant.

It's unclear exactly what the bot will be capable of, but sources say that the bot may be a mobile-means of extending the Echo's services.

Vesta is reported to be a bout waist-high, with wheels and an array of cameras that use computer vision to navigate the device.

It's unclear whether Vesta will actually make to market, but Bloomberg reports that engineers have been pulled off other products and assigned to work on the bot.

For Vesta, Amazon's timing may be particularly ominous.

Other similar home robots were decommissioned in 2018 including the Jibo and Kuri.

Unlike Vesta, however, Jibo and Kuri were sedentary and also offered were marketed as companions, injecting a dose of personality into their list of functions.

For instance: Jibo was able to play word games and Kuri purred when its users patted it on the head.

As noted by CNBC, Amazon typically releases its biggest products in September at its Seattle headquarters.

In tandem with Vesta, Amazon is also reportedly developing a more high-end version of its Echo smart speaker.

The device, which follows the same cylindrical design of other Echo products, will come equipped with four tweeters and is slightly larger than its predecessors.

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