Robots are already being used to build cars, perform surgeries and look after the elderly, but domestic robots may be coming to a home near you faster than you imagined.
That’s because Amazon has set in motion a “top-secret” plan to build a robot for the home, according to a stunning new report from Bloomberg. The project – already several years old – is bring run out of Lab 126, a division of the company known for creating products like the Echo and the Kindle.
Known as “Vesta,” the domestic robot project is in the midst of a hiring frenzy that could result in a purchasable product as early as next year, Bloomberg reported. The robots’ potential skill set remains unknown, but the machine could behave like a “mobile Alexa,” the virtual assistant developed by Amazon. (Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.)
Bloomberg reports that prototypes of the robot include cameras and software that allow the robot to navigate a home, leading some to speculate that Vesta will function like a roving Alexa.
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