Amazon Astro is Amazon’s latest robot and home assistant designed to carry out various tasks like home monitoring, individual tracking of family members, help deliver items, play music, send errands, and more. This device is perfect for home security and also keeping in touch with family members to maintain communication. It has a rotating 10-inch HD touchscreen display, 1080p periscope camera with 132° field view and 5MP bezel camera.
Where to Buy Amazon Astro
Amazon US – See Offers
This Alexa-powered robot has an advance artificial intelligence and sensor technology, that enable it to detect walls, doors, objects, people, animals, obstacles, and stairs, as well as, create a map of your home to navigate it. There is also many privacy and security features to safe-guide your home and keep you at the top of every happenings.
Amazon Astro Key Specs & Features
- Pan- rotating design
- 10-inch HD touchscreen display
- 5MP 1080p periscope camera
- 132° field view
- Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- Front-firing speakers and a passive bass radiator
- SLAM Navigation
- Alexa Voice Control Support
Amazon Astro is a beautiful invention with three wheels; two big wheels and a smaller rotating wheel to help with movement when performing its home duty. It has a 10-inch touchscreen similar to the Amazon Echo Show 10 2020 model and a 5MP camera with a periscope arm that rises up on a 42-inch arm to capture up to 132° field of view, so you can keep an eye on your home while away.
This display is perched on a motorized base that swivels around automatically whenever you interact with the device. You can also manually tilt the screen at any time by sliding that shutter closed, adjusting settings on-device or in the Alexa app, or just by saying, “Alexa, turn off motion.”
Astro has two enormous circular eyes which is perfect for facial recognition, and easy navigation of the house while avoiding obstacles. Apart from the camera, this home robot also has a microphones so you can easily communicate with family. Furthermore, there is a switch to off the camera, microphone, and movements.
Thanks to the dedicated red illuminating LED, you get to know the status of the robot. The Amazon Astro also has a cubby cupholder for drinks and accessories.
Above all, at the base of the robot is the speaker which is far bigger than the built-in speakers found on Echo Show devices. While the bottom of the speaker/base hosts a power port.
According to Amazon, Astro brings together new advancements in artificial intelligence, computer vision, sensor technology, and voice and edge computing in a package that’s designed to be helpful and convenient.
Amazon Astro is an Alexa-based robot, hence it functions like any other home assistant would. It can control your other smart home devices, including your smart lights, Ring motion sensors, smart security cameras, play music, tell you the weather, and follow you around the house thanks to its wheels.
It comes also with a 2.1 speaker consisting of two 1-inch tweeters and a 3-inch woofer, coupled with automatic room-tuning features making video calls and video binges sound better than ever.
The Amazon Astro is built with multiple layers of privacy controls, including a mic/camera off button and a built-in shutter to cover the camera.
You can also disable motion at any time by voice, on-device, or in the Alexa app. The processing that powers screen motion happens on the device, hence, no images or videos are sent to the cloud to provide the motion feature.
In addition this robot can recognize residents and detect intruders through its facial recognition software. It can react to unusual events such as the sound of breaking glass, smoke alarm and send notification to users phone.
Thanks to the Alexa Guard security function which will periodically pan the room to check for human shapes when you’re not home. You can also “drop-in” using the Alexa app or spin the screen around manually to check out your home.
The cameras are also used to create a map of your house when you set Astro up for the first time.
Amazon Astro has an intelligent motion technology that uses its advances SLAM to help the robot understand its environment, so it can easily navigate around it. It has some advanced sensor avoid objects and collisions. It can move at up to one meter per second, using the SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) technology.
Astro also supports the visual ID feature, which allows the robot to personally or individually recognize household members. It allows up to 10 members of a household to enjoy more-personalized experiences.
This Amazon robot can be controlled using the Alexa voice control as well as mobile app which is compatible with both android and iOS.
Amazon Astro Price and Availability
Amazon Astro starts at an introductory price of around $999 and will be sold on invitation only to Amazon US customers who area resident in the United States. The Home Robot is available by invitation only for now.
How to Get an Astro Invitation on Amazon
To get an invitation to buy an own the Astro all you need to do is to visit the Astro Home Robot page on the Amazon US website and click on the Request an Invitation button. Fill out the form / questionnaire and hit the Complete request button. You request will be evaluated and you qualify, you will be sent an invite.
Amazon Astro Specs
Here are a few specs of the Amazon Astro:
- Dimension: 16.7 x 9.8 x 17.3 inches
- Weight: 20.6 pounds
- Display: 10” touchscreen. Rotating screen with manual tilt.
- Processor: 2x Qualcomm QCS605, 1x Qualcomm SDA660, 1x processor with Amazon AZ1 Neural Edge
- Smart home hub: –
- Motion: SLAM
- Field of view: 132° FOV
- Voice Command: Yes, Alexa Built-in
- Generation: 1st Gen
- Camera: 5MP (1080p) + Shutter (Photo quality/size may vary)
- WiFi connectivity: Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth connectivity: Yes
- Audio: Front-firing speakers and a passive bass radiator
- System requirements: Compatible with Android, and iOS devices.
- Sensor: Object Avoidance
- Warranty and service: 1-year extended warranty