the rumors they were true. Amazon is working on a robot on wheels powered by Alexa. At its fall hardware event, the company showcased Star. Set to initially cost $ 1,000 when available later this year, it’s essentially an Alexa screen that can roam your home.
the robot It features a periscope camera that allows you to expand your field of view beyond ground level. You can extend that camera to check things like stoves and sleeping pets. With Ring’s Protect Pro subscription service, you can also schedule Astro to patrol your home while you are away. It can detect the sound of a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, or broken glass. It will send you notifications when you notice something common, and you can save what you record to your Ring account.
Naturally, you can issue all the usual voice commands supported by Alexa. That means you can also use it together with the new one Alexa together function, allowing your family members to contact you in the event of an emergency. And if you’re the type of person who likes to walk when you’re on a call, Astro can follow you around the house during video calls.
So how does Amazon plan to convince you to allow a moving camera in your home? Well, Wall-E’s eyes aside, you can put Astro in a do not disturb mode that limits how much it moves during the day or night. Additionally, the company says it can set out-of-bounds zones to prevent the robot from entering specific rooms or areas.
Astro is one of those projects that Amazon has been working on for years. The fact that Amazon has finally decided to show the device comes as a surprise. Before today’s event, there were reports that many people at Amazon, including former CEO Jeff Bezos, weren’t sure whether it made sense to go ahead with the device.
Amazon plans to sell Astro in limited quantities later this year. While it will eventually cost $ 1,499.99, as part of its Day 1 Editions program, the company will sell the robot at an introductory price of $ 999.99. Each Astro will come with six months of free access to Ring Protect Pro.
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