Amazon Launches a Social Consumer Robot that Integrates with Smart Home

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By Jonathan Collins | 4Q 2021 | IN-6307


Amazon's Astro and Social Robots Move Toward Mainstream


Amazon launched a range of new smart home products, further emphasizing the importance and value of its own connected devices in consumer homes, at Amazon’s fall 2021 new product event. While headlines went to Amazon’s Astro household robot, there were plenty of other devices that were announced as the company moved to further cement its place in the smart home market and to support new subscription revenue streams.

Autonomous Robot, Larger Smart Screen, Smart Thermostat and Services


The Amazon Astro is Amazon’s major move into consumer robotics, and unlike third-party consumer robotic home-care offerings that integrate with Alexa, the autonomous navigating device has Alexa embedded onboard and is focused on connected and social capabilities rather than a dedicated home-care task.

The Astro weighs 20 pounds and has a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with the usual Echo Show functionality that is also able to use animated eyes and more to visually communicate with and engage users. T…

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