According to a developer working on the project, Amazon’s new robot Astro, an Alexa-enabled device with a screen for a ‘face’ that drives around a house, is reportedly “terrible and almost Will surely throw himself down a flight of stairs”. .
The Astro Robot includes all the traditional features of an Echo device – playing TV shows, displaying information and making video calls – but it also uses front-facing cameras and machine learning to follow users and navigate around pets and other obstacles. is designed to be used.
“The goal is to make Vesta an ‘intelligent robot’ and allow some simple yet magical interactions with people,” states a social robotics document.
The robot does this by mapping the user’s home, creating a heat map of points where the robot is likely to be trapped or hit by humans, such as hallways, doors and kitchens. Amazon product chief David Limp said the robot was in line with science fiction, and would be a basis for even more development in the future.
However, a developer is speaking Motherboard has stated that the robot is cumbersome and alleged that “person detection is unreliable at best, making the home security proposition laughable”, adding that “the device seems fragile for something with an absurd cost”. And remembering a number of issues like a broken mast – which can’t be fixed because there’s no way to ship it to Amazon.
“They’re also pushing it as an accessibility device, but with the mast breaking and the possibility that at some point it will commit suicide on a flight of stairs, this is, at best, absurd nonsense and marketing, and at worst, potentially dangerous to anyone who would actually rely on it for accessibility purposes”.
Another developer concerned about privacy reportedly said that it is “not ready for release,” and that the robot is “a privacy nightmare that is an indictment of our society and that we use tools like Vesta to facilitate privacy.” how to do business [Amazon’s internal codename for the robot]”.
Astro is designed to integrate with Amazon’s Ring products, which have been criticized on several occasions for privacy concerns over Ring Providing video to police As well as Weak security and vulnerabilities to hackers. Ring responded to the claims a blog post, saying “encourage”[s] All Ring users follow security best practices to ensure that your Ring account remains secure”.
In January 2020, it was alleged by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that Ring’s app “Packed with third-party trackers”, Collecting names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers of users.
“Like many companies, Ring uses third-party service providers to evaluate the use of our mobile app, which helps us improve features, optimize the customer experience, and evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing. Ring said in response, adding that service providers’ use of the data is “limited to contractually reasonable purposes such as performing these services on our behalf and not for other purposes.”
The $999 Astro asks users to enter their face and voice upon first purchase and internal documents as reported by Motherboard state that “any unrecognized person it detects is required to be checked”.
“when the person is identified as unknown or” [after 30 seconds has] Upon passing, the sentry should start following the person until the sentry mode is turned off. At any point in the investigation, if a nominee is detected and identified, the investigation should be terminated.” Typically, the robot will record the stranger’s audio and video, and then automate it. will upload the form so that its owner can view it later, although this mode can be disabled.
Amazon said it had consulted with academics on the robot’s computer vision capabilities and was “thoughtful in the design, testing and enhancement of their approach.”
In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson told Granthshala: “These traits of Astro’s performance, mast and safety systems are absolutely wrong. Astro underwent rigorous testing on both quality and safety, including thousands of hours of testing with beta participants.
“This includes extensive testing on Astro’s advanced safety system, which is designed to detect escaping objects, detect stairs, and stop devices where and when necessary.”
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