Amazon's latest technological feat is codenamed "Vesta," the robot designed to assist consumers within their homes

Amazon has reportedly begun development on a household robot, codenamed Vesta. Lab126—the division of Amazon that brought out Kindle, Echo, and Fire TV—has listed a number of robotics job openings, which has spurred on rumors about Vesta. Max Paley, a former Apple executive, is heading up the work on computer vision while Amazon has also hired specialists in mechanical engineering and robotics.

According to Bloomberg, the home robot will be going through trial runs in employee homes later this year, and Amazon plans to launch to consumers in 2019. Most of what Vesta will do is still a mystery, but Bloomberg reports the prototype involves “advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving car.”

Vesta is also rumored to be able to assist customers in rooms without Amazon’s other voice-based speakers. 2017 research and markets reports suggest that the home robot industry could be worth a projected $15 billion by 2023.

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Amazon has reportedly begun development on a household robot, codenamed Vesta. Lab126—the division of Amazon that brought out Kindle, Echo, and Fire TV—has listed a number of robotics job openings, which has spurred on rumors about Vesta. Max Paley, a former Apple executive, is heading up the work on computer vision while Amazon has also hired specialists in mechanical engineering and robotics.

According to Bloomberg, the home robot will be going through trial runs in employee homes later this year, and Amazon plans to launch to consumers in 2019. Most of what Vesta will do is still a mystery, but Bloomberg reports the prototype involves “advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving car.”