Amazon There is a new robot– A cute little cyber pet named “Astro” who is supposed to be a silly household helper to remind you of R2D2, but in reality, it’s a privacy two night dream and a futile mess.
The $ 1,000 bot that Amazon has announced today is supposed to be a “domestic assistant” – basically Alexa on wheels with a security element – and someone on the outside who looks adorable. Inside, however, is a bundle of Astro’s cool, stiff wires and gears that are mostly dedicated to analyzing and analyzing your personal information as much as possible, According to the motherboard, Who recently spoke with the source and saw the documents attached to the project.
How it works: When the robot first enters the home, users must “record” anyone’s face and voice, which may be inside the residence, so that metal critics know who is supposed to be there and who is not, the outlet reports. Christy Schmidt, Senior PR Manager of Devices and Services at Amazon, Told the motherboard that the device collects a lot of information on a home and its occupants to understand how to communicate between them. The Astro was designed to “handle a lot of data processing on the device, with images and raw sensor data moving it around your home.” “This helps Astro to respond quickly to its environment. Also, your visual ID is stored on the device, and Astro uses on-device processing to recognize you.
The leaked documents show that a lot of that data Collected to help robots serve “security” functions. Inside the Amazon is internally “Vesta” (ancient Roman) The goddess of the stove), The robot can be visually placed in “sentry” mode, which enables it to patrol the house for people or events that it does not recognize. When it encounters someone whose face it is not yet stored in its database, it stalks them around their home, collecting and storing information from them, until they are told to stop. Fun!
“A stranger or audio event identified by Sentry needs to be investigated to meet certain conditions,” a document said. “Sentries should first try to identify that person if they are not yet recognized until the 30s [seconds]. When the person is identified as unknown or 30 seconds have passed, the sentry should start following the person until the sentry mode is turned off.
The robot can also be paired with an app that allows the homeowner to livestream video from within the residence while they aren’t there, Motherboard reports.
“Vesta slowly and intelligently patrols the home when unfamiliar person are around, moving from scan point to scan point (the best location and pose in any given space to look around) looking and listening for unusual activity,” another leaked document states. “Vesta moves to a predetermined scan point and pose to scan any given room, looking past and over obstacles in its way. Vesta completes one complete patrol when it completes scanning all the scan point on the floorplan.”
The robot is also built to be paired with Amazon Ring, the company’s odious home security apparatus that doubles as an Informal surveillance network For police departments across the country. After pairing, the astro will obviously respond to events connected to the ring, patrolling the house when the alarm goes off.
But, on top of all the offensive possibilities of the product, Astro may still not do very well. Multiple sources working on the robot’s previous iteration said its effectiveness was very limited.
“Astro is terrible and will almost certainly take himself down the stairs if given the chance. Personal identification is not at all credible, which makes the home security proposal ridiculous. “ An anonymous developer told Motherboard. “The device feels fragile for something for an unreasonable cost. The mast has broken into several devices, stuck itself in an extended or withdrawn position, and there is no way to send it to Amazon when it happens.
All of this makes the bot look like a purchase and useless practice. The thing can’t be zero either.