Amazon had a busy today at its big hardware event. The company announced a new $60 smart thermostat and a new Echo Show 15. But it rounded out its event with a new robot called Astro, and it’s cute and scary at the same time.
Amazon definitely saved the most interesting thing for last, as the Astro robot stole the show. It comes with an array of sensors and cameras that help it navigate around your home while performing all sorts of interesting tasks. Amazon cites examples of using it to help a loved one who needs assistance or monitoring, checking if you left the stove on, and all kinds of other stuff.
When you’re not home, Astro can move around your home on its own, check on specific areas, show you a live view of rooms, or send alerts if it detects someone who shouldn’t be there. Essentially, it’s like having a more advanced Echo Show that can move around your home.