New York (CNN Business)Amazon's vision for the future of home security includes drones flying over your roof, outdoor cameras that monitor for possible trespassers and cute robots patrolling indoors. During an invite-only press conference on Tuesday, the company showed off an autonomous, 20-pound dog-like robot named Astro with large, cartoon-y eyes on its tablet face and a cup holder. The robot -- not unlike an Alexa on wheels -- uses voice-recognition software, cameras, artificial intelligence, mapping technology and voice- and face-recognition sensors as it zooms from room to room, capturing live video and learning your habits. Amazon also announced a subscription service called Virtual Security Guard for Ring cameras. Ring, the smart doorbell and camera company it acquired in 2018 for $1 billion, will work with third-party professional monitoring companies, such as Rapid Response, to analyze a live feed from its outdoor cameras.
Tech giant Amazon unveiled several new products on Tuesday, including a $1,500 autonomous robot that can monitor a person's home for intruders. Undoubtedly the cutest product making an appearance on Tuesday was its Alexa-powered robot, called Astro – although it's available to purchase by invite for people in the U.S., meaning interested customers have to sign up to have a chance to buy. The $1,450 robot uses intelligent motion to check-in on your home while you're away and give alerts about any disturbances. It can move autonomously around your home, navigate to check in on specific areas, show a live view of rooms through the Astro app, or send alerts if it detects an unrecognized person. Astro uses its digital eyes on its rotating screen, body movements, and expressive tones to communicate, according to Amazon.
On Tuesday, Amazon announced Astro, a home robot the company says can help owners keep up with tasks such as home monitoring or keeping in touch with family and friends. "One of the things I love about working at Amazon is inventing the future, and I've spent a lot of time since that day on a team that's imagining how robots can help customers in new ways at home," said Charlie Tritschler, vice president of products at Amazon in a blog post. It's available by invite only for $999.99. Astro takes advantage of both Alexa and Ring, its line of home security offerings. The robot can be set to autonomously roam around your home to check for safety.
The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility. Why would you need a robot with a ten-inch screen, camera, sensors, and a bunch of other gadgets to go around your home and make Wall-E noises? Because Amazon thinks it might be useful in the future. Astro, Amazon's latest innovation, looks a lot like an Echo Show on wheels. It packs a lot of interesting technology and shows just how far deep learning, sensor technology, and mobile robots have come.
Amazon's new robot Astro, an Alexa-enabled device with a screen for a'face', that drives around a house is allegedly "terrible and will almost certainly throw itself down a flight of stairs", according to one developer who worked on the project. The Astro robot includes all the traditional features of an Echo device – playing TV shows, displaying information, and making video calls – but is also designed to follow users and navigate around pets and other obstacles using front-facing cameras and machine learning. "The goal is to make Vesta an'intelligent robot,' and allow some simple but magical interactions with people," a social robotics document states. The robot does this by mapping a user's home, creating a heat map of points where the robot is likely to be stuck or hit by humans, such as hallways, doors, and kitchens. Amazon's head of product, David Limp, said the robot was analogous to science fiction, and would be a foundation for even more developments in future.