Amazon wants to put a robot inside your house.
The Seattle-based web juggernaut is working on a “top secret” project to develop its first domestic robot, according to a report.
Details are spotty on what the robot will be able to do, but sources with knowledge of the project told Bloomberg said it might operate as “a sort of mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don’t have Echo devices.”
Amazon is hoping to start testing out the robots in employees’ homes by the end of 2018 and possibly begin selling them in 2019, according to the report.
The robot is being designed by Lab126, which also created the Kindle and wildly popular Echo. It has been dubbed “Vesta” internally at Amazon, after the Roman goddess of the hearth.
Lab126 is beefing up its staff, and has put up dozens of job postings for robotics-related positions.
The Echo family of smart speakers has sold “tens of millions” of units in the past year and were the best-selling items on the ecommerce juggernaut’s website, CEO Jeff Bezos told shareholders in a letter last week.
Amazon shares recently were up 0.1 percent at $1,528.74 on Monday afternoon.
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