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Could Amazon be building a ‘mobile Alexa?’

Amazon is stepping up its commitment to robots — but not for its warehouses.

The online giant is gearing up to build a domestic robot, and is aggressively ramping up hiring a team for the project, according to Bloomberg.

Sources told Bloomberg that the “top secret” project, codenamed Vesta — after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family — could be a mobile version of Alexa that follows users throughout their home where they don’t have Echo devices. Prototypes of the robots also have advanced cameras and computer vision software that can navigate homes like a self-driving car.

The project is being championed by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division, which is responsible for Amazon devices, such as Echo speakers, the report said.

An Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg that the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.”

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