By 2023, the consumer robot market will be worth about $15 billion.
Big Bezos" scientists are believed to be beavering away on a domestic droid called "Vesta', who was Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, Bloomberg reported. Amazon's Lab126 recently increased their job listings, and are now looking for with positions like "Software Engineer, Robotics", and "Principle Sensors Engineer".
Prototypes can reportedly navigate through homes like a self-driving auto.
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The report doesn't have many details about the robots themselves, but sources speculate that the Vesta could be a "mobile Alexa", moving with owners through their home and assisting them when an Echo device isn't within earshot.
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. Lab126 is the same division that produced the Echo, Fire TV set-top boxes and even the Fire Phone. The work on computer vision is being spearheaded by Max Paley, a former Apple executive.
It's unclear what tasks an Amazon robot might perform. Amazon has also hired specialized mechanical engineers from the robotics industry.
As the company looks for more ways into your home, a domestic robot makes a whole lot of sense. There is also speculation based on recent advances in artificial intelligence and voice activation. If everything goes accordingly, Amazon could start sending robots home with employees by the end of 2018, with the possibility of a public launch in 2019.