Astro can autonomously drive around your home, monitor pets, and even recognize objects and people, according to US tech giant Amazon. But according to the developers, who leaked internal documents and video recordings of meetings to Vice Tech, the device still suffers from a number of major flaws.
One of the sources said, “Astro is terrible.” “The device seems fragile for something so unreasonably priced ($1,000, terabyte). On many machines, the mast has broken, causing the mast to get stuck in the extended or retracted position, and if that happens, there is no way to get it back to Amazon.”
But according to another source who worked on the project, Astro’s biggest drawbacks are privacy and navigation. Apparently “the device is a disaster: it’s not ready to launch”. “They will almost certainly fall down stairs in users’ homes, in the real world. Plus, the privacy nightmare is an indictment against our community. It is an example of how we trade privacy for convenience.”
According to the source, the facial recognition system will not work properly. This is while Amazon makes an argument for users to use a home robot to monitor their children at home. Unreliable facial recognition would render Astro almost useless as a home security device.
Amazon rejects fierce criticism of the home robot. “These descriptions of Astro’s performance, mast and safety systems are inaccurate,” a spokesperson said. Astro has undergone rigorous testing for both quality and safety, including tens of thousands of hours of testing with beta participants. This includes extensive testing of Astro’s advanced safety system, which is designed to avoid objects, detect stairs, and stop the device wherever and whenever necessary. “.
The bot is part of the Amazon program that actually makes devices still under development available. Astro will be sold by invitation only later this year. According to the company, in five to ten years, everyone will have a home robot.