Amazon announces Astro the home robot2021-09-28 18:20 by Daniela
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Amazon is launching Astro, its first household robot, powered by its Alexa smart home technology.
Astro can tool around your home at up to one meter per second, weighs about 20 pounds, and is designed to be easy to pick up. A camera mounted on a periscope-like extension can extend to a height of 42 inches, giving it the ability to get a better view of its surroundings.
Amazon's positioning of Astro focuses on its ability to function as a combination mobile home security camera, information and entertainment service (via Alexa) on wheels, and communications tool to connect with family and loved ones. But there's absolutely no denying that it's also a personality-imbued digital companion.
For example, Astro can roll around your home and give you a live view of what it sees. That means you can check on your pet, look out for intruders, or make sure you turned the oven off. Astro is mobile thanks to a technology Amazon has dubbed Intelligent Motion. It uses simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) to ensure Astro makes its way around without crashing into stuff-even if someone forgot something on the floor that wasn't there before. You can also set Astro to provide helpful alerts, such as when a smoke alarm is going off or if broken glass is detected.
Astro will ultimately be available for $1,449.99. However, there's a $999.99 introductory price as part of Amazon's Day 1 Editions early access program, and that includes a six-month trial of Ring Protect Pro. Amazon plans to start inviting participants to buy Astro in the US "later this year."
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