Alexa may be getting some legs.
The home robot market doesn't really exist in a big way yet, but it's coming.
Although there are few details known at this point, some familiar with the project believe that the robot will act as a mobile Alexa. The same signal could be used to recommend certain types of music or other activity based on your actions the last time you were stressed and agitated.
Sony said the £1,300 ($1,750) device responds to real voice commands.
There's also Jibo, a 12.5-inch-tall stay-at-home robot that can help out around the house, tell you the weather or answer trivia questions. The Vesta robot is believed to be a mobile robot that's powered by Alexa.
Domestic robots for Amazon aren't that much of a leap.
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With the advancements in technology in the fields of advanced cameras and artificial intelligence, it is becoming increasingly plausible for robots to become a norm for home use. There are exceptions such as the vacuuming Roomba and, of course, Amazon's own home assistant Echo. It uses computer vision to recognize clothes and recommend outfits.
It's worth pointing out that Vesta will be different from the robots built by Amazon's Robotics subsidiary in MA and Germany.
Your Amazon Echo device and Alexa are pretty great but they're kind of stuck in one place.
Sources disclosed that Amazon is looking to begin testing its robots by the end of this year. Given Amazon's timeline for launch, it could be a while before we get any official word from the company, but we'll keep an ear to the ground nonetheless. These helpers could do chores-think iRobot-or simply be companions.
What's interesting here is that most domestic robot players would build the hardware and then likely struggle with efforts to add an ecosystem, cloud processing and things like computer vision and machine learning. "The Holy Grail", Srinivasa said, is the robot that not only moves around, but physically interacts with the world around it. Sometimes they also work as a personal companion.