Amazon is Secretly Building Home Robots

(Credit: Mayfield Robotics) Kuri, the adorable home robot from Mayfield Robotics.

The retail giant is reportedly working on home robots and plan to release it as early as 2019.

(Credit: Mayfield Robotics) Kuri, the adorable home robot from Mayfield Robotics may have some competition soon.

Amazon introduced Kindle and the Echo, both of which started huge trends in technology. Now, they want to lead the pack again by introducing home robots.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the retail giant is secretly building a domestic robot that can navigate from room to room independently. The project is codenamed Vesta, after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family.

The project is run by Gregg Zehr, head of Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division. It is the same department responsible for giving us the Echo, the Fire Tablets, Fire Phone and of course, the Kindle.

There are no other details about the purpose of the robot or what it will look like. Don’t expect it be like a robot butler that will do household chores. Bloomberg suggests that it would probably be more like a “mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don’t have Echo devices.”

What we can expect however is that it may be available as early as next year.

Bloomberg’s sources claim that Amazon plans to start testing the devices in employees’ homes by the end of 2018. And in 2019, consumers might already be able to get their hands on the robot prototypes.

We’ll definitely keep a lookout for this!