That's right: Amazon is working on domestic robots, reports Bloomberg. However, people close to the project have indicated that the robot will be in a form of a mobile Alexa, and will accompany customers in some sections of theirs homes where they can't access Echo. Lab126 is Amazon division and the brainchild behind devices like Fire tablets, Fire TV set-top-boxes and Echo speakers.
Devices in Amazon's Alexa ecosystem and featuring Google's virtual assistant are becoming more and more ubiquitous with each passing year - and putting those skills into something more akin to a robot certainly looks like the next logical step. The project, codenamed "Vesta" after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home, and family, reportedly kicked off years ago, but has been gaining steam of late.
Apple is offering free battery replacement for some MacBook Pro units
A serial number checker is available on Apple's site to show users whether or not their computer is eligible for the replacement. Those who do qualify can get the battery in their MacBook Pro replaced even if it's not malfunctioning now .
Facebook/AmazonAmazon's Vesta project may have started a few years agom when the company began to aggressively hire Software Engineers and Sensors Engineers, especially those with a background for robotics. Amazon's spokesperson declined to comment on the development saying that the company does not comment on rumors.
Amazon is known for taking risks and getting into categories well ahead of its competitors (just look at the Amazon Echo), and the mega etailer could be looking to do that once again with robots for your home. As for those not so closely associated with the company, they may be able to try out the very first robot models released to the general public "as early as 2019", according to reports. In order to find its way inside buildings, Vesta will come with advanced cameras and computer vision software akin to what current self-driving cars integrate.
ET View: It's BJP in BJP's way so far in Karnataka
Battle for Varuna assembly constituency in Mysuru was projected as a fight between the sons of former and current chief ministers. There is talk in the anti-Yeddyurappa camp that the party is trying to curtail Yeddyurappa's power in the state unit.
As the company looks for more ways into your home, a domestic robot makes a whole lot of sense.
Samsung ranks behind Xiaomi in Indian smartphone market for Q1
The researchers attributed the growth to the positive response to its budget smartphones, the Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X. Following them were vivo (6%), OPPO (6%), and Honor (3%). "India remains a huge investment for any smartphone brand".