Amazon says a wide release of its Astro home robot is finally ‘in sight’
Amazon is still working out kinks related to Astro’s ability to map and navigate customers’ homes, said Dave Limp, a senior vice president who leads its devices and services group.
Regardless of Astro’s fate, home robots are poised to become a bigger part of Amazon’s lineup.
With a $1,000 price tag, rising to $1,450 after an introductory period, the Astro robot is likely to remain more of a niche product than Amazon’s Kindles or Echo smart speakers.
But Limp and his team discussed plans for a wider release this week, he said, and they just want to shore up its navigational powers before Amazon offers the bot to all comers.
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