Amazon announces Astro the home robot

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Amazon is launching Astro, its first household robot, powered by its Alexa smart home technology. The company said it can be remote-controlled when not at home, to check on pets, people, or home security. It can also patrol a home automatically and send owners a notification if it detects something unusual. Amazon said it was more than ‘Alexa with wheels’ and had been programmed with a range of movements and expressions to give it personality. It demonstrated asking Astro to ‘beatbox’ — and the robot bopped its head and made expressions while playing hip-hop beats.” [editor’s note: I’m a big fan of the Alexa/Echo Dot line, but at about $1,500 I’m just not seeing the value proposition here. If it’s more than “Alexa on wheels,” it doesn’t look like MUCH more – TLK] (09/28/21)