It wasn't until a recent BBQ that I realised how prevalent home automation is. Personally, not having an investment in the modern wave of smart assistant technology, I'm the type of person who uses Siri ironically to ask who invented farts or to try and get it to recite the Night's Watch Oath, and someone who disconnected his Xbox Kinect on day one to use it as a door stop. Hearing from over a neighbour's fence, 'Alexa, play Cardi B' brought me to the realisation that I'm in the minority, and Amazon sure know that.
It has been reported by Bloomberg that Lab126, the Research and Development arm of Amazon and the birthplace of products such as the Echo and the Kindle, are working on the next generation of home assistant which is being overseen by Lab126 President, Gregg Zehr. The project, codenamed Vesta after the Roman Goddess of Domestic Life, has seen a sudden spike of new hires to add more talent to a smart team of doers that work passionately to apply cutting edge advances in robotics and software to solve real-world challenges.
Despite the fact Amazon have refused to comment on these articles and rumours, Bloomberg have reported that Lab126 intends to have a working prototype by the end of the year to field test with employees, with a possible market ready version to follow in 2019. It's certain that any such product would feature Alexa integration, be it more advanced than its current state, but just how invasive and to what degree that product could be considered a robotic assistant is yet to be seen. Only time will tell if we get a C3PO or the LG CLOi.
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