I love robots. As a child I was intrigued by the idea of these little mechanical wonders that could follow you around, help you with things, and bring you happiness. At that time, I was really into the idea of getting a robot dog. You get all of the advantages of a dog, but without all the walking, feeding, and 💩. I could never afford one of those amazing Sony Aibo dogs
and had to settle for a cheaper one from Toys ‘R’ Us, and let’s just say that was lack luster.
In comes Astro, this cute little Amazon robot that can follow you around and creepily watch you with multiple cameras. I am not sure if this is the futuristic WALL-E that I was hoping for. All you have to do it take one listen to the recent Tech Meme Ride Home
to hear all about the disastrous state this little device is in.
It isn’t all that bad, I mean this is a huge step to have one of the largest companies in the world invest in robots. I am a huge fan of what Samsung is doing with the Handy robot
and the good that it could do. The real issue I have with the device is attempting to figure out what it is for. When your demo reel shows the robot bringing you a beverage and that is the coolest feature then something is wrong. With Handy it can literally do my laundry and dishes (as long as I buy everything Samsung).
In a world where I have every digital assistant turned off and have removed every “listening” device from the house is this really the robot that I want….