Amazon delays Vesta, its household surveillance robot

Amazon has plans for an Echo for music lovers — and a voice-controlled robot

Bloomberg said a new "higher quality Echo speaker" will be announced this year, which is in line with what the company has done in the past. However, it has lost some ground to the Sonos One, Apple Inc. Whether Vesta actually sees the light of day or not remains to be seen, but at the very least, the robot is something Amazon is pouring resources into. However, in spite of Amazon's efforts to build the highest market share, Google is still taking lead with around 31% share.

Amazon is inching closer to making a wheeled robotic assistant that can be controlled via its Echo smart speakers. Though the robot is not ready for mass production, Bloomberg cautioned, Amazon is pulling engineers off other projects to work on the initiative, a potential sign that momentum is building.

It's unclear exactly what the intended goal of the device would be, though speculation is that the bot would be a kind of mobile Echo, bringing the Alexa capabilities with users around their home.

Other similar home robots were decommissioned in 2018 including the Jibo and Kuri.

Given that the Echo speaker line-up covers just about any use case, including devices for the vehicle (Echo Auto), home stereo (Echo Link), nightstands offices (Echo Spot), streaming videos (Echo Show, Echo Show 5) and placing in rooms around the home (Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot) it makes sense that CEO Jeff Bezos and team would finally address this product gap. However, Apple's HomePod is not selling as expected, and that is probably why the company recently lowered its price. The report describes the robot as a waist-high device that can navigate its surroundings using computer vision cameras. Past year its nifty One speaker added Alexa compatibility.

We reached out to Amazon, but a spokesperson said the company does not comment on "rumours or speculation". "In an internal demonstration, an engineer summoned the machine with his voice", Bloomberg reports. Amazon typically unveils a handful of devices at its September event, and it's possible we could see either device there. "What?!" he wrote. "Found this in the living room when I got home".

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