Vesta, a robot Amazon soon at your place?

We talk to you regularly about Vesta project of Lab126 byAmazon, for an domestic robot who would offer to Alexa the possibility of moving around our homes. A program carried out for more than four years and which would be at its final prototyping phase, causing some employees to fear that its too early marketing will only end in commercial failure ...

Vesta project: doubt sets in

according to Business Insider, which reveals the information, the Vesta project of Lab126 ofAmazon would be in the final prototyping stage. A crucial step that precedes the start of production, but which is not without raising doubts, or at least questions, even within the team responsible for its development.

The American site, which had access to internal documents of the company, confirms the existence as the name given to the domestic robot. A project bringing together a team of no less than 800 people and that'Amazon would have placed as Lab priority126 which claims, among other master strokes, Alexa and Pregnant Amazon Echo, the keys to streaming fire tv or even digital Kindle e-readers… But also the biggest commercial failure of the e-commerce giant, the late Fire Phone.

"People are very skeptical - we fear it will turn into another Fire Phone", said one of the six employees ofAmazon who agreed to speak to Business Insider on condition of anonymity. Vesta is indeed a risky bet for the company, much more than the development of new connected speakers like the last Echo Show 10 which presents little risk of commercial failure. Here, skepticism would rage internally, incessant launch delays having put the teams under pressure and led to many departures.

Amazon Vesta: a small domestic robot

Named in honor of the Roman goddess of the hearth, the Vesta program would be directly managed by Gregg Zehr, the president of the Lab126, Jeff Bezos having shown a personal interest in the project, as evidenced by one of his humorous posts on Instagram ...

It must be said that the idea of ​​a domestic robot has something to please, but the prototype would unfortunately not really be what we imagine and far removed from the human-sized robot so hoped for.

Measuring "The size of two little cats" according to Business Insider sources, Vesta would be between 25 and 30 centimeters wide, and would have a touch screen with multiple cameras and microphones, two employees interviewed calling him "Fire shelf mounted on wheels" having the ability to move around the house via voice commands Alexa.

A product which, many would fear, would therefore be too limited to arouse real interest from consumers, especially since it would obviously be much more expensive than Amazon Echo. But, we can only understand them in view of the debauchery of means allowed by Amazon on the subject, those responsible for Vesta project do not seem to let go and the device could change its positioning to become a mobile meeting platform.

So, still according to some people of the team, Vesta could quite simply allow to follow a virtual meeting while continuing to move around the house, for example offering teleworkers the possibility of not staying at their desk all day.

It would also be a question of adding plug-ins and other widgets in order to measure temperature, humidity or air quality of the House. The device should also be equipped with security technology to detect intrusions or fires which is reminiscent of the functionality Alexa Guard. Finally, a small compartment would allow the robot to carry objects and a telescopic camera could be deployed like a periscope to, for example, help the user to find his keys or his wallet.

Like the Ring Always Home security drone unveiled last September, the Vesta robot fromAmazon should soon see the light of day and be the subject of a Day One launch by invitation, the first sales projections being rather weak according to Business Insider. Although the spokespersons ofAmazon do not wish to comment on the information, its production is said to be about to be launched in Mexico, the e-commerce giant having already started to train a technical support team.

Anyway, we will not fail to observe closely the development of this ambitious product which at least has the merit of making us dream a little ...
Alexa : a new Echo device and a home robot?
Fascinated by Alexa since the day I received it in beta test, I gradually became passionate about the subject, before deciding to go further by creating a site with Jean-Christophe. An activity that allows me to quench my thirst for new technologies and share my discoveries about the nicest of communities: Les Alexiens.