Citing people familiar with the plans, Gurman reports the project is codenamed 'Vesta, ' after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family (known by Hestia in Greek mythology).
Amazon is expected to test the Vesta robot among employees by the end of 2018, but consumers could get their hands on the device as soon as 2019. According to Bloomberg, it could be kind of "Mobile Alexa" which user can use it when they are around their house or they can directly speak to the Echo speaker.
Amazon will reportedly incorporate advanced cameras and computer vision software into the robot's prototypes so that it is able to navigate through the house with no human intervention. The division is now hiring engineers with principle sensor and robotics software experience.
What we do know is that the company has been working on the secret Amazon robots for about four years now.
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Under codename Project Vesta, Amazon's Lab126 is reportedly making a home robot. When asked about its Vesta program, an Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg the company doesn't comment on "rumors and speculation".
Amazon is a major player in the smart speaker market already and it appears that the company now has another device that it wants to put in your home. Presumably the functional ability of the development will remind assistant Alexa, which is in the smart column, not a "robot Butler".
By such a small detail, it is very hard to guess exactly what Amazon is planning but we can easily say that it is not going to have some sort of "robot able to perform different household chores".
More recently, Sony Corp. and LG Electronics Inc. have shown interest in the category.
"But I'm actually incredibly hopeful and confident, particularly when it comes to robots being used for assisted care", he said, noting that the supporting technology for robots is moving at a rapid pace.