Amazon is building a home robot, according to Mark Gurman and Brad Stone writing for Bloomberg.
Codenamed "Vesta," the project is headed personally by Amazon’s Lab126 chief Gregg Zehr. Amazon has been working on the project for years, but has recently started hiring aggressively, according to job listings.
Prototypes could be tested in homes as early as this year and products could ship as early as next year.
The robot will reportedly be able to navigate a home like a self-driving car.
The stock price of robot maker iRobot fell on the news.
Interestingly, Amazon is already a robotics powerhouse. They make their own warehouse robots, which are the life-blood of Amazon's business.