Right here’s how patrons are utilizing Amazon’s Astro robotic



Early adopters who ordered Amazon’s Astro robotic have began sharing movies of their robotic mates on-line. The robotic launched as an Amazon Day 1 machine, with invite-only availability, final October.

Perhaps that exclusivity is why we will solely discover two individuals who purchased one and posted movies on-line. Amazon positive hasn’t offered lots of the $1,450 robots within the months since launch. Perhaps only some hundred, in accordance with Mark Gurman at Bloomberg.

Right here’s one of many solely movies of Astro within the wild we might discover, from consumer Bob Rekieta on YouTube. Holding a beer can in his backpack, Astro is informed to go “Discover Celeste;” who’s presumably within the den as that’s the place the robotic scurries off to.

The different video we might discover is from Matthew Nereim. For his Astro robotic, we’ve slightly bit extra context from him and his use of Astro, as Bloomberg interviewed him.

Matthew makes use of his costly Astro robotic as a novelty toy. Nereim likes to tease his canine with it; whereas controlling it through his smartphone.

amazon astro robot being used in a kitchen near a dog
Picture: Matthew Nereim

It’s not all enjoyable and video games although. Nereim says Astro generally will get confused whereas on the lookout for its charging base, and it genuinely will get flummoxed by stairs. It hasn’t tried to drive down the steps but, however perhaps it’s simply increase the braveness to take action.

Severe speak right here. If Astro was any good, even with low gross sales figures there must be 1000’s of movies on-line. You solely should look on YouTube for an additional robotic companion, Cozmo, to see tens of 1000’s of movies, together with some devoted channels.

Cozmo’s maker finally went broke. Amazon has extra money than most small international locations; however is the Astro robotic destined for the scrap heap? Amazon is already speaking about future fashions, whereas it’s clear it sees the present Astro as a studying expertise. Our take? Even at the $999 early order value, Astro is an overpriced toy.

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