Amazon is secretly developing personal robots that can move freely at home.

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 Amazon is secretly developing personal robots that can move freely at home.


NetEase news on April 24th, according to the U. S. media, ten years ago, the e-commerce giant Amazon launched the e-book reader Kindle, and established the attraction of reading on digital devices. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos (JeffBezos) and its company launched smart speakers Echo, prompting millions of people to start talking with computers. Now Amazon is working on another big bet family robot. According to people, the retail and cloud computing giant has begun an ambitious, top secret plan to create a new product category, the home robot. This project is called Vesta. The name comes from the stove in Rome myth and the goddess of the family. The project is headed by Greg Georgi, head of Amazons Lab126 hardware research and development department in Sunnyvale, California (GreggZehr). Lab126 is responsible for Amazons equipment research and development, such as Echo smart speakers, FireTV set-top boxes, Fire tablet computers and ill fated FirePhone. The Vesta project began a few years ago, but this year Amazon began to increase recruitment related personnel. On the Lab126 recruitment page, there are dozens of job vacancies, such as software engineer, robot technician, principle Sensor Engineer and so on. People who know the plan say Amazon hopes to start configuring robots in their employees homes by the end of the year and may sell robots to consumers as early as 2019. But this timetable may change, and Amazons hardware project is sometimes strangled during the incubation period. A spokeswoman for Amazon said the company did not comment on rumors and speculation. It is not clear what tasks the Amazon robot can perform. People familiar with the project speculate that the Vista robot may be a mobile intelligent assistant, Alexa, where there is no Echo in the home, accompanied by the owner. The prototype of the robot has advanced cameras and computer vision software, which can navigate at home like driverless cars. Max Pelli, Apples former executive, is responsible for computer vision work. MaxPaley Amazon also hired professional robotics engineers in the robotics industry. According to people familiar with the matter, the Vista project is different from that designed by AmazonRobotics, a subsidiary of Amazon in Massachusetts and Germany. AmazonRobotics deploys a robot in the Amazons warehouse, which can be used to transfer goods, built after Amazons acquisition of the robotic company KivaSystems for $775 million in 2012. For decades, the prospect of family robots providing companionship or basic housework has made the industry very attractive. Jadali (Atari) founder Nolan Bushnell (NolanBushnell) introduced nearly 1 meter tall Snowman shaped Topo robot in 1983. Although it can be pre programmed and controlled by AppleII computer, it has almost no other functions and sells poorly. In the following years, the United States, Japan and China all began to try to create useful robot servants, and their performance was getting better and better. IRobots Roomba can only do one thing, that is vacuum vacuuming, it is the leader in this field. Since 2002, the robot has sold about 20000000 units. IRobot shares fell 8.6% on Monday, the biggest intraday drop since early February. Recently, Sony Corp and LG electronics have also been interested in family robots. At the CES exhibition in January this year, LG showed a robot named Cloi, but failed many times in the demonstration. The Sony Corp showed a new version of the Aibo, which was first introduced 20 years ago. In addition to barking (though Aibo has been set to play soccer), its role is not large. The dog sells for $1800, equivalent to the cost of raising a real dog. With the development of computer vision technology, camera, artificial intelligence and voice activation technology, Amazon has been able to push robots into the market. The retail giant has shown that it is willing to provide partial subsidies for Prime members who buy more products and subscribe services through their products, which will make it more affordable for future mainstream consumers. (small) source of this article: NetEase science and technology report editor: Wang Fengzhi _NT2541 Recently, Sony Corp and LG electronics have also been interested in family robots. At the CES exhibition in January this year, LG showed a robot named Cloi, but failed many times in the demonstration. The Sony Corp showed a new version of the Aibo, which was first introduced 20 years ago. In addition to barking (though Aibo has been set to play soccer), its role is not large. The dog sells for $1800, equivalent to the cost of raising a real dog.