Amazon revealed a domestic canine-like robot named Astro on Tuesday, as well as a partnership with Walt Disney to embed its voice-controlled technology in resort hotels, to make its virtual assistant Alexa a bigger part of people’s lives.
The home robot can perform activities such as home monitoring, routines, and reminders, as well as play music and TV shows while rolling around the house. The device, which has digital eyeballs on a rotating screen set on wheels, costs $999.99 for invite-only pricing and $1,449.99 for a standard price.
Additionally, a smart thermostat, Echo Show 15, and Halo View, a health-tracking band, was introduced in the latest lineup. The Echo Show 15 can be wall-mounted and is equipped with the AZ2 Neural Edge processor, which allows users to customize the screen.
Amazon Glow, a device for playing games, reading, or sketching while on a video conversation, was introduced as part of the company’s effort to cater to the next generation of customers — kids.
It will launch an Alexa-powered voice assistant at Disney theme park hotels, as well as a premium product that allows users to engage with Disney characters at home, as part of its cooperation with Disney.
Users will be able to communicate with Disney characters via the ‘Hey, Disney!’ voice command when the functionality launches next year.
Every year, Amazon introduces a slew of new products, including voice-controlled sunglasses and an in-home drone, but none of them has proven to be big sales. Amazon’s overall sales are made up of a small percentage of devices.
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that, In March, Tesla began accepting bitcoin as a form of payment but halted in May. Musk highlighted environmental concerns as the basis for the suspension, stating that Tesla will start taking bitcoin if miners confirmed that they were utilizing 50% clean energy.
Amazon, on the other hand, is examining the prospect of taking bitcoin as payment by the end of 2021, according to Bitcoin.com, and the corporation is also planning to introduce its token in 2022.