Amazon is operating in earnest on home robots, Bloomberg studies. The mission is being known as Vesta, after the goddess of house and circle of relatives in Roman mythology. Amazon it appears hopes to start out trying out the robots by way of the tip of this yr, and is focused on a 2019 release date.

The corporate has a robotics department that builds the commercial machines that do computerized paintings in its warehouses, however this mission is being overseen by way of Gregg Zehr, president of Amazon’s Lab126. Lab126 is the California-based group answerable for the Echo and Fireplace product strains, and has lately posted a lot of robotics-related positions on its jobs web page.

Vesta may well be like a cellular Echo software that strikes from room to room by itself, navigating its setting in a lot the similar means self-driving vehicles do. Amazon reportedly hopes to have staff the use of prototypes of their houses someday this yr. A spokesperson for Amazon declined request for remark.