You’d think Amazon would be the one to shake up a product category that has chewed up and spit out startups and corporate giants alike, but the company’s next flagship robot seemingly remains a work in progress. At a press event in downtown Seattle, some expected Amazon to preview a that’s reportedly like a roving Echo Show, replete with wheels, microphones, and a display. But the announcement never came, and Amazon’s reticence might speak to the many challenges inherent to home robots — and indeed, robots at large.
Amazon’s robot — code-named Vesta, after the Roman goddess of the hearth — apparently packs far-field microphones and speakers that enable it to understand and respond to the thousands of commands Alexa recognizes. It’s said to be