Amazon has already reached home with its Echo products with Alexa orders, but Google has reduced its market share with Home devices. Meanwhile, Apple converts some of its fans with the HomePod. Amazon would approach more and more advanced Echo devices to combat these threats: there is a premium smart speaker as well Alexa house robot.
Both devices are supposedly under development at Amazon Lab126 in Sunnyvale, California. The high-quality Echo speaker seems to be a solid upgrade and will certainly be launched in the coming months. All of Amazon's competitors in the smart speaker market have a more powerful speaker offering – for example, the Google Home Max. Even the best current echoes can not hold a candle to that.
Amazon you have already proposed a standalone subwoofer for Echo speakers, but that misses the modern smart speakers. They make sense because you can install them on a table or shelf without a lot of setup. When they become systems that invade your room, you lose that sense of convenience. The new Echo will be a single unit with a larger body that can accommodate four tweeters and one submarine.
The other smart home project of Amazon is a bit more ambitious. The domestic robot Alexa, named Vesta, made its appearance in the Bloomberg report last year, but there are now more details. The smart home would be at the waist, with wheels to travel in your house. Vesta uses advanced cameras and sensors to get around obstacles, which is reminiscent of an autonomous car.
It looks like Vesta is destined to follow you into the house, but what to do? If it's only a magnified Alexa speaker with wheels, this does not seem to be a convincing product. After all, compare a robot to the addition of some smart speakers in your home for better coverage. If Vesta has a killer feature, we still do not know what that is.
Bloomberg says Vesta was originally scheduled for launch in early 2019, but unknown issues with the design caused a delay. Amazon has not committed to a specific release schedule as development progresses. Several home robotics companies have gone bankrupt in recent years. But Amazon has enough pockets to tackle it. And who knows, people may like to be followed by an Amazon robot.