If you’re in need of remote care, the Amazon Astro Robot can help. The robotic device has built-in reminders and features like Drop In so you can stay connected to it even when you’re not there. It’s compatible with Alexa Together, which allows you to give it instructions and control it remotely. It can even help people with disabilities. The device can also recommend fun activities and features that make it seem like a pet.
Astro is about the size of a small dog. It has three wheels – two big wheels for stability and one small wheel for navigating. It can also be programmed to recognize different rooms and people in the home, so it can deliver drinks to specific people. It can also detect unrecognized people entering the home so it can alert you. It can also play music and display TV shows on its 10-inch touchscreen. However, it can’t navigate stairs.
Amazon acknowledges that consumers are skeptical about Astro. However, it is still developing the product and is working on improvements based on feedback. The company has a broader vision for its home robotic devices and hopes to launch many more. The company’s CEO, Jeff Washington, was once chief technology officer of Ford Motor Co. and has a PhD in nuclear engineering. He has also worked at companies including Sandia National Laboratories and Lockheed Martin.
Amazon’s Astro has sensors that allow it to map new environments. This data is sent to Amazon’s servers. The company also stores recordings of conversations with Astro and videos from Ring integration. Eventually, the Amazon Astro Robot will have a map of your home and all of the conversations you have with it. All of this information is useful for your home security.
Astro is an adorable character, but it lacks a deep story. While the company says it’s aimed at kids, the device doesn’t seem to have much depth for the average child. Despite the fact that it’s intended to be kid-friendly, it feels like it’s in its early stage of development. It may be a great pet, but as a general purpose smart speaker, it lacks the depth to be useful for children.
The Astro has the ability to play music and TV shows, and it can answer questions such as the weather. It can also deliver items to specific people. It can also be used as a video conferencing assistant. It can also detect smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and alert you if something unusual happens.
The Astro is currently priced at $1,000 for the early access version, and it will cost $1,450 when it is generally available. While it’s still a luxury item, the price is still relatively low compared to the price at $1,450 for a general release. As such, it’s still a good idea to check if the Amazon Astro Robot has a compelling use case before committing to the price.