Sunday, October 17, 2021

Amazon unveils ‘Jetson’-like roaming robot for the home

by Joseph Pisanic | The Associated Press

Amazon’s new robot can hear, see, and follow you around the house, but it’s not Rosie the Robot.

Amazon’s 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 outside or if someone entered the house. If so, sends an alert. Identify.

It uses cameras, sensors and prosthetic technology to avoid walls or dogs, and Amazon said the Astro will get smarter as time goes on. It Takes Some Homework: Snacks or a can of soda can be stacked on its back to be carried by someone throughout the house.

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

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However, Astro stole the show. Amazon executive David Limp asked a 17-inch (43-centimeter) tall robot to come on stage during a virtual event, then asked him to beatbox. As it functions, its round digital eyes close or widen, giving it a human-like touch.

Amazon said a limited number of Astros would be sold, but did not provide a number.

In addition to the robot, Amazon also unveiled a picture frame-like screen that can be hung on the wall and has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built in. The company expects it to move to the kitchen, where users can view recipes, view or view their schedule. Show up while you’re cooking.

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

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