Amazon will open a software development centre in Bengaluru to support its Consumer Robotics division, which launched its first robot — Astro — last year. To mark the ocassion, the ecommerce giant will host a virtual event for press and consumer robotics enthusiasts on June 2, from 9-10 a.m. The event is open to the public and is geared towards anyone interested in working in consumer robotics and consumer robotics enthusiasts.
Astro is a home assistant robot that weighs just under 10kg and stands at about two-feet high. It is fitted with wheels and cameras, and can follow people around the house. Designed to help customers with a range of tasks like home monitoring and keeping in touch with family, Astro brings together new advancements in artificial intelligence, computer vision, sensor technology, and voice and edge computing in a package that’s designed to be helpful and convenient, the company said.
“Last year we unveiled our first consumer robot, but it certainly will not be our last. This new Consumer Robotics Software Development Center will help support our growing consumer robotics division and attract top talent to work on world-class technology products. India is an innovation hub; having the center here will help Amazon create better consumer robotics experiences for customers worldwide,” said Ken Washington, Vice President, Consumer Robotics, Amazon, in a blog post.