Apparently, Amazon is working on expanding its home service business. If you felt like the Echo and Echo Dot weren't enough, reinforcements are on the way.
According to Bloomberg, Amazon is building the first robot for the home. The previously top-secret project is reportedly called, "Vesta." The name is derived from the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family.
There’s no word on what the robots will look like but it's rumored to have computer vision software and cameras for navigation. The plan is for the robot to follow you in the parts of your home that your echo can't. Something like a "mobile Alexa." Former Apple executive Max Paley is leading the work on computer vision.
Amazon has aggressively ramped up hiring to make this idea a reality. Amazon wouldn't comment on the rumor. The prototypes of Vesta may be available to the public to test by 2019.
This isn' t the first time a tech company has tried to build a domesticated robot. From the Topo Robot in 1983, to the Aibo, companies have failed to entice enough buyers to make robots mainstream. It may have to do with their often price tag. An Aibo released a few years ago cost about $1,800. It's unclear how expensive Amazon's project may cost.