Amazon has unveiled an autonomous robot designed to patrol the home, a suite of new technology products that can alert proponents of digital privacy.
The nearly knee-high robot, called the Astro, was described by Tech Group device chief Dave Limp as a “beautiful example” of the progress of artificial intelligence.
The robot can be sent to specific locations in the home, with a periscope camera mounted on top of the device that can film up to eye height and follow users when making video calls.
“We had to take advantage of AI in many new ways, including mapping anchor points throughout the house through deep nerve learning and building new dynamics. [simultaneous localisation and mapping] Algorithms that are constantly refreshed, ”Limp said.
The Astro, which has been developing for the past four years, is priced at 9 999 and will be shipped to a limited number of customers later this year, Limp said. During a streaming event on Tuesday morning, he showed Astro on stage asking him to do a beatbox.
A touch screen in front of the Astro shows two large cartoon eyes to make it more accessible, its engineers said in a promotional video. “In five to ten years we believe that every home will have at least one robot that will become a key part of your daily life,” Limp said.
Ben Wood of CCS Insight, a technology research group, said: “Like other Amazon products, there is no question that the Astro Robot will become an electric carrier in the privacy debate. But ultimately consumers will have to decide if they want this technology in their home. Vs. Litmus will be tested for privacy.
Matthew Guariglia, a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group, said consumers would be reluctant to invite an Amazon-made robot into their home.
“If someone always wants an iPad on wheels that can spin around your home, this device might be of interest to them. But I think consumers are really aware of the privacy risks, much more now than they did a few years ago,” he said.
Amazon says Astro has built-in privacy features, such as “out of bounds” areas where robots are not allowed to go, as well as “don’t bother” mode that limits how much the robot moves at certain times.
Astro will integrate with Amazon’s Ring Home Security system, which also includes an indoor drone that can fly around the house that was first announced last year but has not yet been widely released.
Also announced Tuesday as part of an update to the ring system, Amazon said it will launch a মাসে 99 “Virtual Security Guard” service per month that will enable a remote worker to access a customer’s live feed from home in case of any danger, an intruder
The company sought to prevent privacy concerns arising from its updates, including a small video chat device for children and a wall-mounted version of the Echo device whose display may vary depending on the person. Looking at it.
In addition to emphasizing that these features could be disabled, Amazon said that its custom-built computer chip, the AZ1, would make it possible to process spoken instructions on the device instead of the need to send them to a server.
The company has in the past faced intense criticism for its privacy practices when it was reported that employees were listening to snippets of recordings to improve technology based on it.
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