Washington (AFP) – “AmazonAccording to a giant team in the field of technology, the introduction of a robot capable of roaming homes with a device from the world of science fiction has become a reality, but it can also be a confusing tracking tool, according to critics.
Yesterday, the US team presented a robot called “Astro”, which describes a major improvement for consumers interested in their safety.
Equipped with wheels and a tablet screen, this robot can set up a map of the house, go to a room in the house and respond to voice requests to place its camera. The device can recognize faces, learn the habits of family members, and recall each person’s activities.
The robot is 60 centimeters long and weighs less than 10 kilograms, and will be sold for $ 1,000 in the United States in the first phase, before raising its price to about $ 1,450.
“When you’re out, you can use him to walk around your house,” Amazon vice president Dave Limp said in a promotional video released yesterday.
This robot can be used to check the safety of the elderly at home.
Suri Madula, who worked on the project, said in a video released by Amazon: “This robot is” science fiction.
“Using a camera like this for Internet surveillance can be helpful in some situations,” said Matthew Guerlia, an analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an NGO that advocates for Internet users’ rights.
But he pointed out that the device could also be used for malicious or espionage purposes by hackers or police.
During a press conference, Dave Limp tried to reassure users that the robot’s camera and microphones could be disabled, sending messages to users in the event of a hacking attempt.
He emphasized that Amazon did not have remote access to the astro robot’s cameras, and therefore “could never provide this access to police or emergency services.”
And in 2019, according to “Amazon” to improve the system, the American company received huge group reviews after leaking about hiring staff to listen to recorded conversations by voice assistant “Alexa”.
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