WaPo – Amazon is reportedly building a home robot

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2018/04/23/amazon-is-reportedly-building-a-home-robot-an-expert-explains-how-close-we-are-to-the-jetsons/?utm_term=.866da780d6d6

  • Amazon.com has set in motion a “top-secret” plan to build a robot for the home, according to a report from Bloomberg
  •  run out of Lab 126
  • Known as “Vesta,” the domestic robot project could result in a purchasable product as early as next year
  • could behave like a “mobile Alexa,”
  • prototypes of the robot include cameras and software that allow the robot to navigate a home … a roving Alexa
  • challenges are many: designing homes that are compatible with robot movements, meaningful interactions with humans inside the home, adjusting to cultural differences and social norms, privacy questions that arise when a robot enters a home and begins collecting data

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