Amazon reportedly working on personal robots for your home

The project is codenamed Vesta and it could launch in 2019

At this point, there are still many question marks about the project, like what the robot would actually be able to do.

The retail and technology giant has embarked on a secret plan to build a household robot. Gregg Zehr, who is in charge of the company's Lab126 hardware research and development section that is based in Sunnyvale, California, is in charge of the project.

According to reports by Bloomberg and The Washington Post, Amazon has an ambitious and top-secret plant to develop domestic robots codenamed 'Vesta, ' after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family.

Amazon has published job adverts on its job page which reveal it's looking for a "software engineer, robotics" and "principle sensors engineer". If everything goes accordingly, Amazon could start sending robots home with employees by the end of 2018, with the possibility of a public launch in 2019. However, people close to the project have indicated that the robot will be in a form of a mobile Alexa, and will accompany customers in some sections of theirs homes where they can't access Echo.

As expected, Amazon would not give out more than their assurance that they would not comment on "rumors and speculation", as a company spokesperson called these reports. "Prototypes of the robots have advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving auto".

While Amazon would likely beat main rivals Google and Apple to the punch when it comes to domestic robots, other companies, like LG and Sony, have already developed robots that perform tasks or provide some level of companionship. The work on computer vision is being spearheaded by Max Paley, a former Apple executive.

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