Amazon working on 'Vesta' home robots

James Marshall
April 24, 2018

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Citing unnamed sources familiar with the company's plans, Bloomberg reports that Amazon is getting serious about building a domestic robot. Amazon's Vesta won't be able to make you a sandwich or bring you your slippers in the morning.

The project is being developed by Lab126, the hardware research and development division of Amazon that operates out of Sunnyvale in California. Since Vesta is technically a top secret endeavour, not much is known about it at this time.

The concept of Vesta came some years back but it's only this year that the company started hiring in preparation for the roll out. As Bloomberg points out, there are a number of robotics-related job openings listed on the Lab126 website. These include "Principle Sensors Engineer" and "Software Engineer, Robotics". Although we are a bit closer to robots that can do chores for us, for the most part, they're simply not dextrous enough, and so realistically, an Amazon robot would probably be little more than an Amazon Echo on wheels. People briefed on Amazon's plans assert that the brand wants to send these domestic robots to employee homes by the end of 2018 and consumer homes by 2019.

Already, prototypes feature advanced cameras and computer vision software, allowing the robot to move around a home like a self-driving auto, presumably aware of the surroundings and avoiding obstacles.

As expected, Amazon would not give out more than their assurance that they would not comment on "rumors and speculation", as a company spokesperson called these reports. The work on computer vision is being spearheaded by Max Paley, a former Apple executive.

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