Amazon pours resources into smart home robot and upgraded Echo, report says

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 13, 2019

The personal robot, codenamed "Vesta", and rumored since past year, is reportedly gaining traction. The robot Vesta, recently detailed by Bloomberg, has haggles be constrained by Alexa voice directions, the general population said. Other companies have attempted to release voice-enabled robots in the past, but few have seen mainstream success. Rumors suggest it will be a kind of "mobile Alexa" that will be able to follow users around their homes.

Sources familiar with the product tell Bloomberg's Mark Gurman that Amazon is planning to launch its high-end Echo by 2020.

Not just that, Bloomberg also reported that Amazon has ramped up work on a home robot named Vesta. However, it also says Amazon may choose never to release the product. Add it up, and this could be a hint at what's to come.

Amazon has continued to invest in robotics and in June introduced new warehouse robots including the Pegasus and Xanthus.

It's unclear what tasks the Amazon robot might perform.

Temi is a waist-high robot which uses Alexa for voice commands.

With over 15 products revealed at last year's Seattle headquarters, we can look forward to new products this year.

Amazon is also reportedly experimenting with other new form factors for its Alexa assistant beyond the Echo and the other devices now available. That sort of familiarity, plus Amazon's deep pockets, gives it a leg up over the independent home robot ventures that have thus far failed to gain significant traction with consumers. Kuri was capable of recording videos, taking photos, playing games and performing some interactions. Although Amazon's regular Echo and Echo Plus speakers do offer decent sound, they are nowhere near the upper end of the market. Audio quality isn't all that great on Echo speakers - a point competitors like Google Nest Hub, Sonos, and Apple's HomePod all like to point out in their marketing.

The Echo, which went on sale in 2015, will grab 63% of the US market this year, according to EMarketer. However, in spite of Amazon's efforts to build the highest market share, Google is still taking lead with around 31% share.

Now playing: Watch this: The Amazon Echo Show 5 helps Alexa fit nicely on your. Hopefully the new Echo speaker Bloomberg reported on will meet expectations when it comes to sound quality.

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