Amazon Unveils Home Robot Named ‘Astro’

Amazon announced a home robot named Astro during a press event on Tuesday.

Astro has a rotating screen on wheels and features animated eyes that can respond to user interaction. The robot can also move from room to room while avoiding obstacles inside the home.

Astro is built on Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and can perform multiple tasks including recommending TV shows, deliver reminders, and provide updates on Amazon deliveries. 

The robot also integrates with Ring doorbell cameras and other safety products in the Alexa family.

According to Amazon, the robot will include a “live view” feature that will allow you to check on people and pets in real-time.

“Astro will bring all of your favorite Alexa features like music, news, podcasts, and timers directly to you,” Amazon said in a news release. “Or, if you’re doing a video call, Astro will move with you around the house, so that you can continue the conversation.”

According to Amazon, you will also be able to turn on “do not disturb” to limit how many times Astro moves while you’re trying to sleep.

Pricing:

Astro will cost $1,449.99, but as part of the Day 1 Editions program, it will be available for an introductory price of $999.99 with a six-month trial of the Ring Protect Pro subscription included. Astro will be available in limited quantities, and we plan to start granting invitations and shipping devices to customers in the U.S. later this year.  To learn more about Astro or request an invite, please visit www.amazon.com/Astro.

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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