Amazon just introduced its new Astro home robot and it's currently under discussion. According to leaked documents and the developers who helped build Astro, the robot still has significant flaws that shouldn't be taken lightly for those paying $1,000 or more to buy it.
When designing Astro, it was clear that Amazon was looking for a friendly R2D2/C3-PO look for its Home/Alexa monitoring bot. However, just because it looks friendly, it doesn't mean at least based on the documents that were developed and the software that was developed that worked on the project.
The leaked documents, which refer to Astro by Vesta (code name), show how the device works and behaves based on external inputs. In short, Astro "slow and intelligent patrols the house when strangers are around, moving from check to place and looking for unusual activity." And the robot detects something unusual, such as a voice or an unknown person, which will be examined further. For the next 30 seconds, Astro tries to identify the person, otherwise it follows the user, recording video and audio until someone disables guard mode. The description of astrological behavior alone is not wrong. However, the developers claim that the bot is "awful" and will definitely step down if given the opportunity. In addition, the developers also claimed that the facial recognition is defective and that the robot looks fragile, and should not be taken into account when children and adults are distracted and even kick pets.
Another developer on the Astro project pointed out what it brings The robot in terms of privacy, calling it a “privacy nightmare” and “a disaster not ready to spread.” Christy Schmidt, Amazon’s CEO of PR for Devices and Services, issued a statement. “These performance characteristics, the Astro excavator and safety systems are not accurate,” Schmidt says. This includes a comprehensive test of the Astro Advanced Safety System designed to avoid objects, detect stairs, and stop the device at the right time and place."
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As a security bot, it makes sense to keep home users constantly monitored and monitored.But like any other device that collects user information, it all depends on how How to deal with it and how people can access it. Amazon usually guarantees the privacy and security of any information collected by our products. However, the tech giant has already made a significant contribution to privacy issues with its products, including the Ring, Alexa, and Echo speakers. Astro after filling out the questionnaire, which includes asking about the type of stairs in your home. Amazon may not use users to make sure this happens, and expects the bot not to commit suicide in certain steps as it evolves further.
Amazon Astro developers claim bot is 'disaster not ready for release'