Amazon unveils roaming robot for the home

$1,000 robot can follow you around, provide home security, deliver a beer from across the house

Amazon’s new robot can hear, see and follow you around the the home, but its no Rosey the Robot.

Amazon’s AMZN, -2.64% version, called Astro, doesn’t cook or clean like the animated character from “The Jetsons,” but it can check if you left the stove on while you’re out or send an alert if someone enters the house it doesn’t recognize. amazon robot for the home

It uses cameras, sensors and artificial technology to avoid walls or dogs, and Amazon said Astro — which also happens to be the name of the Jetson’s dog — will only get smarter as time goes on. It does do some housework: Snacks or a can of soda can be placed on its back to be carted to someone across the house.

The $1,000 robot, which will be sent out to customers later this year, was one of a slew of gadgets Amazon unveiled Tuesday as part of its annual event ahead of the holidays.

Astro, however, stole the show. Amazon executive David Limp asked the 17-inch tall robot to come on stage during the virtual event, then asked it to beatbox. Its round digital eyes close or widen as it does tasks, giving it a human-like touch.

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With the Astro app, you can see a live view of your home and check in on specific rooms, people, or things. During setup, Astro learns a map of your home that you can view in the app at any time. Simply tap where you want Astro to go, then raise or lower the periscope for a better look. You can even sound a siren if you see something suspicious.


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Activate your 6-month free trial of Ring Protect Pro to schedule patrols while you’re away, proactively investigate detected events, and automatically save video clips in Ring’s cloud storage. The subscription also lets you save and share video clips and review up to 60 days of video history.
Link your Amazon and Ring accounts and add Astro to the Ring app to activate your 6-month trial of the Ring Protect Pro subscription. If you are an existing Ring Protect subscriber, your subscription will continue unless canceled.

Amazon said a limited number of the Astro will be sold, but didn’t provide a number.

Besides the robot, Amazon also unveiled a picture frame-like screen that can be hung to a wall and has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built in. The company foresees it going in the kitchen, where users can see recipes, check their schedule or watch a show as they cook. amazon robot for the home

Also Tuesday, the Seattle-based company said its Echo listening devices will be put in Disney hotel rooms next year so that guests can order towels from room service or ask it the fastest way to get to a theme park.

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