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Amazon launches robot to roll around house, Disney resort voice assistant

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By Reuters

<div> <p>By Nivedita Balu and Jeffrey Dastin</p> <p> – Amazon.com Inc on Tuesday announced a household, canine-like robot called Astro and a deal with Walt Disney Co to imbue its voice-controlled tech in resort hotels, striving to make its virtual aide Alexa a bigger part of consumers’ lives.</p> <p>The home robot is designed to take up tasks such as home monitoring, setting up routines and reminders, and can play music and TV shows while rolling around the house.</p> <p>The device, which has digital eyes on a rotating screen mounted on wheels, is available at an introductory invite-only price of $999.99 and regular price of $1,449.99.</p> <p>Among other launches in its latest lineup were a smart thermostat, smart display Echo Show 15 and a new health-tracking band called Halo View.</p> <p>The Echo Show 15 can be mounted on a wall and is powered with AZ2 Neural Edge, a processor that helps users personalize the screen.</p> <p>In its push to appeal to the next generation of customers – kids – the company introduced Amazon Glow, a gadget for playing games, reading or drawing while on a video call.</p> <p>In its partnership with Disney, it will launch an Alexa-powered voice assistant at Disney’s theme park hotels, along with a paid feature that lets customers interact with Disney characters at home.</p> <p>The feature is expected to launch next year and will let users interact with Disney characters with the ‘Hey, Disney!’ voice command.</p> <p>Amazon has launched a number of new gadgets every year, including sunglasses with voice control and an in-home drone, that have not become massive sellers.</p> <p>Devices make up for a fraction of Amazon’s overall sales.</p> <p/> </div>