If it seems like Amazon might be getting ready to take over everything, that’s probably because they might very well be. The company has literally changed the way we shopped and the way we live our lives. From what started as a humble online bookseller to the mega company it’s become now, there’s no future that Amazon will not take on. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that Jeff Bezos and his team of geniuses at Amazon have been secretly hard at work with building a home robot.
It’s true. By 2019, people are saying that we might finally have a legitimate home robot courtesy of the one and only Amazon. According to resources, the company’s hardware R & D department, Lab126, has been secretly working on a robot that can change our lives. This domestic robot project has a codename, and it’s being called Vesta. The project is being named after the Roman goddess of the hearth, something quite appropriate. But when we say that Amazon has been secretive, they’ve been extremely quiet about everything. We’re thinking we might get a big reveal since 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the company. That’s a huge pressure on Amazon to fulfill, but considering that they started the project years ago, they could literally be in the final stages of production already.
Vesta originated a few years ago, but it seems that Amazon has pumped up development or production or something of the sort considering that the job listing page on Lab126’s website suddenly filled up with openings. There were openings for positions such as “Principle Sensors Engineer” and “Software Engineer, Robotics.” These seem like highly technical jobs, and we’re thinking that the company is finally ready for some serious software thinking. This means that the final design for the robot prototype must be finished already. We know that it’s all speculation at this point, but we can’t help but think of what kind of robot Amazon is trying to produce.
Amazon employees might be the first ones to fully experience the domestic robot project, as there are rumors that the company is planning to roll out prototypes into employees’ homes by the end of this year. That should help them do any last tweaks as needed before they begin shipping robots into homes by 2019. It’s an exciting thought, yet it’s also equally frightening to imagine a robot following us around in our homes.
At this point, no one really knows what these home robots should be able to do. Amazon already got us all talking to computers through the Echo, and we’re sure that some of the Echo technology made its way into these home robots. Otherwise, the technology might even be better. No one knows whether these robots will be stationary or completely mobile. We’re not sure what kind of help they’re supposed to give as well. We’ve got robotic vacuums already in existence, so we’re sure it’s not that. We can’t imagine robots getting wet either, so dishes or laundry might be out of the question. There’s a possibility that these robots may be programmed to fulfill specific simple commands such as “Fetch this” or “Grab me that.”
Again, it’s all speculation at this point. And according to Amazon, they don’t really comment on “rumors and speculation.” Though, it won’t stop us because the idea is just so bizarre. We’ve considered home robots to come at some point in history, but we probably didn’t think that it would happen in our generation, let alone next year. We can only think of the many things that we wish this home robot could actually do. The first thing that comes to mind is the best home robot we’ve even seen, Rosie from the Jetsons. She actually does everything.
Something along those lines would be pretty impressive. It’s not like Amazon to bring out anything premature anyway, so there’s still a high likelihood that this project will not come out next year or at all. It’s either that or whatever robot package gets delivered to our doors next year may be something that’ll just blow our minds away. Let’s just hope that the robots will be more like Rosie and less like Westworld.