Amazon delays Vesta, its household surveillance robot

Amazon’s home robot vesta

A new smart speaker with better audio quality: Amazon's new Echo device will reportedly have higher audio quality than its existing speakers. That's what led to Apple and Sonos' entry into the market - with both firms using their audio expertise to develop a smart speaker that consumers actually wanted to listen to.

Amazon is still working on a robot that will roam around homes, according to Bloomberg. Google now has 31% of the market, while the rest have a combined 12%. However, for now Vesta simply isn't ready for mass production, but more engineers are being transferred on to the project meaning it's clearly quite important to Amazon and more than just an experiment. The company could also be developing Alexa-enabled earbuds similar to Apple's AirPods, as a previous report from Bloomberg had also indicated.

It's unclear exactly what the intended objective 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. The robot, previously reported by Bloomberg, has wheels and can be controlled by Alexa voice commands, the people said. Past year its nifty One speaker added Alexa compatibility.

Amazon's Scout delivery robot.

Releasing a new version of the Echo that is created to take advantage of the better audio could help the company do just that, and Amazon could possibly make the service a part of its Prime subscription, which means people wouldn't have to actually spend any extra money on using it, they would simply need a speaker that was capable of meeting the hardware requirements to output the higher quality sound. However, Apple's HomePod is not selling as expected, and that is probably why the company recently lowered its price.

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An Amazon representative declined to comment.

Bloomberg wasn't able to offer any specifics as to what goal the home robot would serve, but those who've seen prototypes of the device say that they "are about waist-high and navigate with the help of an array of computer-vision cameras". The machine can be summoned by voice.

As noted by CNBC, Amazon typically releases its biggest products in September at its Seattle headquarters.

Interestingly, while Amazon has yet to confirm Vesta, its chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos, once posted an Instagram photo of an Echo speaker taped to a Roomba vacuum.

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