Amazon’s Astro robot: A feat of science or a successful product?

Amazon’s Astro #robot: A feat of science or a successful product?

This article is part of our series that explores the business of artificial intelligence

Why would you need a robot with a ten-inch screen, camera, sensors, and a bunch of other gadgets to go around your home and make Wall-E noises? Because Amazon thinks it might be useful in the future.

Astro, Amazon’s latest innovation, looks a lot like an Echo Show on wheels. It packs a lot of interesting technology and shows just how far deep learning, sensor technology, and mobile robots have come.

But a successful product needs a lot more than a nice-looking robot that brings together cutting-edge technologies and tried-and-tested applications. Astro still has much to do before it shows its real potential (or lack thereof).

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