Amazon is reportedly working on a home robot, which could hit the market as early as 2019.
The product, nicknamed “Vesta,” after the ancient Roman goddess of home and family, has been in the works for several years but has recently stepped up hiring and is looking to test prototypes in employees’ homes by the end of 2018.
The home-bot is speculated to be something like a mobile smart speaker equipped with cameras and computer vision software which allow it to navigate through a user’s home autonomously, similar to a self-driving car.
Amazon doesn’t really have a strong position in mobile, so it has been doubling down in home technology,” said Ross Rubin, Reticle Research’s Principle Analyst.
Amazon’s home-bot could potentially allow the company to beat out rivals like Google when it comes to home tech products. “Amazon Echo already has a lead over Google Home in terms of ownership, according to consumer surveys and market share data, and Amazon’s Echo Show and Echo Dot enjoy a visual edge over Google Home devices,” said Deborah Weinswig, Coresight Research CEO. “We could see this product evolve the Alexa experience from one consisting of a virtual assistant into a physical assistant,” added Weinswig.
The investments which Amazon has put into artificial intelligence could pay off in a big way with their anticipated robotic product. “Those investments could be leveraged very well with an advanced robot,” said Rubin. “Alexa can provide a range of commands to objects in the home, but those objects can’t fulfill tasks the way a robot can. It could sort groceries, answer the door, fetch a drink from the fridge, or fold the laundry,” he added.
Amazon’s in-home robot could greatly enhance the Alexa experience. “Amazon wants Alexa to be ubiquitous, intertwined with as many aspects of the consumer’s life as possible,” said Jack O’Leary, senior analyst for PlanetRetail RNG. “A mobile robot equipped with Alexa capabilities will allow for total home coverage more easily to users, making it, so they don’t have to install and coordinate individual Alexa devices in every room.”
Some skeptics believe that consumers may be put off by the idea of a robotic Alexa roaming their homes. “The market has growing concerns around privacy with recent data scandals involving other tech companies,” O’Leary stated. “Alexa and related devices are an opt-in system where users engage with the platform to the level they are most comfortable with, which somewhat alleviates that concern,” he added.
“Despite this, I do think some people’s concerns around what a device like this robot means for privacy and data collection in the home will be inhibiting to its adoption by some users, but definitely not enough to hold it back from success in the market.”
People Share Funny Photos Of Working From Home
From interruptions to finding the perfect desk setup, there are so many things that can go wrong when working from home. Here are some of the funniest work-from-home pictures.
Finally, Peace and Quiet!
Makeshift desks are part of the work-from-home games. The freelancer or remote worker looks for a place that has very little distractions, is quiet, and has limited traffic. This worker finds that location in their laundry room. This allows the worker to be able to get that piece submitted to their client while also getting those whites done.
Mr. Jones Has 10 am Available
Even when working at home it is still nice to outsource the tasks you don’t want to do. For instance, a virtual assistant is always a good investment. They can take calls and schedule appointments, which can be a great way to streamline the workload. Having an assistant you know really well and can trust and is also a major plus. This parent clearly knew that and is putting their resources to work for them.
You Are In My Spot!
For ages, pets have had the run of the house when their humans went to work. With the growing numbers of folks doing their work from home, pets no longer have their alone time. This cat has a problem with that. Perhaps its human is sitting in its go-to nap spot. Or maybe they are just tired of having someone at home watching their every move. How on earth are they going to be able to play with the toilet paper?
Man, It’s Been a Long Day
It is only 10 a.m., and the cat is already done for the day. He has already played with the mouse toy, ran around with toilet paper wrapped around his paw, ate some food, allowed his human to pet him, and walked between their legs almost tripping them. No wonder the poor cat is so tired. However, he clearly doesn’t understand that the human needs to get more work done before they can cuddle up and take a little catnap with their feline friend.
The Corner Office
Who needs a promotion and a raise when you get a desk and a corner office? This office is equipped with good lighting, a place to take a nap, and plenty of space to work. It seems like the perfect place to dive deep into those emails and get that social media marketing out for clients. The office is a little sparse, but that can be fixed with a few pictures and a plant, right?
Multitasking at Its Best!
Take the trash out…walk the dog… render that video clip. The list goes on and on, so whenever someone who works from home can figure out how to check off more than one to-do list item, they are ahead of the game for the day. Plus, they can get a little sun and fresh air, which is crucial to ensuring that they stay focused and can complete the rest of that daily checklist.
Let Me Do This First
Working at home doesn’t only mean working behind a computer. Sometimes, working from home can be more about remodeling and home improvements. This guy wants to spend time at home, and so he decided to remodel his home and use it as the model home for his pictures. Once he is done with the house, he should be able to get a lot of customers and make this well worth his time.
Just Keep Swimming
There are not very many zoos that will let their marine biologists work from home. It is challenging to keep the ranks clean, but in the end, this remote worker figured out a way to get the job done. All that was needed was a good pair of board shorts and a snorkel, and then he can get to studying those clownfish. It looks like finding Nemo isn’t as hard as it seems.
Call Volume Is Higher Than Normal
Fielding tons of customer service calls from home is one of the most popular remote jobs. But just like with in-person customer service, sometimes a certain customer has to tell you their whole life story before they get to the actual problem. So the worker will have plenty of time to go grab a cup of coffee and use the restroom and will still be back in time to tell them to turn the computer off, wait 20 seconds and then turn it back on.
Oh Right, Guys, Let’s Get Started
It is important to have an office meeting when you have this much assistance. First a roll call…Fido…Mr. Cuddles…Fat Boy. Now that everyone is here, we can talk about the productivity of the office and how we can improve it. For instance, Fat Boy, the keyboard is not a break room, so if you don’t mind, stay off of it. Fido, you have to respect personal boundaries. I feel that this has been a good meeting, so let’s get back to work…no, really, guys, it’s time to get some stuff done.
Time for a Timeout
When an at-home worker wants to be left alone and needs that isolated feeling, they should craft a makeshift desk out of stuff lying around the house. This little space may feel like the worker has been sent to the corner. But it has everything that one needs…space, lift, fresh air, and a janitor (spot the Roomba on the floor). Having the right space is crucial for performance when working from home, and this office is well suited for productivity.
Winner of the Office Staring Contest
This cat has been waiting and staring at its human for quite a while. All the cat wants is for the worker to stop long enough to give it a little pet and rub, and then it will leave them alone. Unfortunately, it seems like the worker is on a deadline, and the cat will just have to wait for a bit longer. Hopefully, it’s not so long that this becomes permanent. Remember when adults used to say your face will freeze like that? Fingers crossed it’s not the same for animals.
Standing Desks Are Good for Your Back
Sometimes, when a person works at home, they may begin to feel a little stagnant – not only with the work but with the workspace, as well. That is why many have gotten creative and set up their own standing desks. After all, they are supposed to be very healthy for your back, and that is one thing that people who work in offices at home have to worry about, too.
Keep an Eye On My Stuff
The key to hiring good help is to look for someone who follows instructions well and is respectful of your workspace. This home worker clearly found a good candidate. Although it does seem like she is a little more concerned with her work than watching out for her teammate’s projects. That just shows focus and dedication, right? Too bad when the big boss comes by she won’t have her coworker back because she will be too busy explaining her new organization system.
Conference Call on Mute
Remote workers still have to call in on conference calls. Of course, this is typically the time to text other members of your team or friends about how lame so and so is being. This gentleman has taken that one step further and decided to get creative with some Legos. This looks like at least an hour-long conference call worth of building. Good thing it wasn’t a video call!
Mobile Offices Could Be the New Thing
This may be the answer for those people who work at home and are afraid they have overstayed their welcome with their partner. This allows everyone to have their space and for the remote worker to get everything done that needs to be done. This gentleman has taken that one step further and decided to get creative with some Legos. This looks like at least an hour-long conference call worth of building. Good thing it wasn’t a video call!
Solo No More
It worked for Tom Hanks! Working from home can get a little lonely. There are no co-workers to complain about the boss with. Or share funny stories of weekend escapades. So this freelancer decides to construct one. His name is Bob and he works in IT. He is feisty and has a bubbly personality. Everything you’d want in an office buddy. He does stare a bit, but at least there is someone to talk to.
Time Management is Important
When people work at home, not only are they responsible for their work but also for answering the phones and the door, as well as keeping themselves on track. One of the best ways to do that is to set up their office in a place where there is very little wasted motion. So where could be better than directly in front of the door? This will make grabbing that Postmates order or those cool new glasses they ordered while distracted by Amazon that much easier to collect.
Ingenuity Can Keep Productivity High
This setup is perfect for the remote worker who also wants to watch their stories. Plus, it is set up as a standing desk, which has been proven to be more productive and better for your back. When the day is over, the worker can tear down their desk and iron their outfit for the next day. Nothing like a crisply ironed set of sweats and a nice graphic t-shirt.
Excuse Me, It’s Time for My Walk
This dog wants to make sure his human, who has been sitting for hours staring at that box, is okay. The best way he could do that is to remind his two-legged friend that it was time to go for that afternoon walk. Even with a gentle nudge, the human is still hypnotized by their work station. This just won’t do, are they crazy?
Can I See You in My Office?
There is nothing like getting called into the boss’s office. In this house, the boss is clearly this very serious looking cat. Not only has this individual been slacking off on work and getting stuck in an endless loop of YouTube videos, but they have been neglecting their kitty duties, as well. This will not be tolerated, and if things are not changed soon, this cat may have to let their human go.
How Are You? I Am the New Editor.
I think that word is misspelled, and the punctuation of that sentence is a bit confusing. Perhaps you should shorten this sentence and lose that extra adjective. It’s a good thing this remote worker invested in the new trend of baby goats editing. The changes will be better received when looking at those cute little goat eyes and that cuddly face. At least everything is done on a computer and not on paper…that might be tragic.
That Is One Way to Climb the Ladder
There is no reason that working at home should be sedentary. Using time wisely and multitasking are all good qualities to have as a freelancer or remote worker, so this inventive desk that uses a treadmill as a base is actually very smart. The creator may want to patent this idea before someone scoops it up and makes millions. Talk about being productive while keeping up with the mountains of work.
Were You Sitting Here?
This freelancer stepped away for just a minute to come back and find that they had been replaced by a much younger and cuter freelancer. Those are the breaks of the game. Maybe the freelancer should take the new guy out for a walk and a bite to eat to get to know him better. This would be precisely what he was trying to make happen, so this cute furry teammate will get exactly what he wanted by taking this seat.
It is hard to understand the rigors of the work-at-home life unless you walk in the person’s shoes. Thus, to understand why they keep forgetting to walk him or give him belly rubs, this dog decided to do just that. He is finding that he doesn’t understand why the humans complain so much. All you have to do is stare at this screen and sing loudly and badly to whatever music is streaming at the time.
Hop To It
Cats are cute, dogs are adorable, but this bunny is ridiculously sweet and has clearly been working hard. Working from home has a lot of working gears. And having an assistant that is quick like a bunny may just be the perfect investment. Plus, when you are done, you have a soft and cuddly friend to snuggle up with while meditating the stress away.
Bring Your Daughter to Work Day
There is no way that anything is going to get done with these two cute office mates roaming around. At normal offices, they have Bring Your Kid to Work Day. There is no reason why this can’t be implemented in a home working environment, as well. In fact, some may say that it is actually much easier when the kid is in the comfort of their own home. That way, they can be cute while chowing down on their favorite cereal with their favorite tiara and their best friend.
Working 9 to 5, What a Way to Make a Living…
Staying motivated when working at home often means having a good playlist. This kitten is looking forward to the productivity playlist and is warming up its vocals. That way, it can meow along with its human as they type away on that weird machine that they stare at for hours. What do you think this furball loves to sing? Maybe she loves a little country or even a little rock-and-roll?
Shouldn’t We Post This?
This dog watches their human post selfies and other social media content day after day, and to try to get a little time in, he seems to like to pose. The pets that are home when people work from their couch or bed or office don’t understand that all of that is work. They just want attention, and this is the perfect work-from-home ‘gram that needs to be seen by everyone.
Let’s Make Some Beats
There is no way around it. Cats may seem like they are lazy, but they have excellent hearing. Thus, employing one not only as a sidekick or partner in crime but as a producer, as well, might be a smart investment. You will be able to deliver some sick and pawstastic beats that will have the clubs dancing for all nine of their lives.
Work From Anywhere They Said…
Sometimes the best place to set up an office is in the place where the little ones will look for you last. Therefore, hiding among their toys may actually lead to a very quiet work environment. Some studies have shown that a fun and creative work environment will improve creativity and productivity. This remote worker has set themselves up for success and perhaps a little distraction if they’re not careful.
This Traffic Is Unbearable
It is crucial to have a schedule when working at home. When developing this schedule you should always leave time for the commute. It takes a few minutes to roll out of bed, grab that coffee from the good cafe, and stroll into the office prepared to tackle the day. Fingers crossed the commute goes smoothly and there are no delays in that public transit. Clearly, this guy isn’t worried!
You Look Tense!
Working at home can be stressful, and many people find themselves tense, especially in the shoulder area. This guy has a leg up above everyone else, as his dog seems to be a masseuse. After all, he needs to make sure his human is limber enough for their afternoon walk. It would probably be more effective if the pup waited until his human was done sending that very important email. It is the thought that counts, though.
We Are All Set
Please don’t squeeze the Charmin. That’s all that this individual asked, and no one could follow orders. In response to this, the affected party took matters into their own hands and set up a rationing station. Figuring that they would be spending hours in front of the laptop, it just made sense to use the soft two-ply paper as the base for a very comfortable work station.
It’s My Turn To Play
One cat is dangerous, and two cats are just a distraction waiting to happen. Not known for patience, when they decide it is time to give them some attention, they do not play games. That means both of those little balls of joy will try everything they can to get the human’s attention, including tap-dancing across the laptop keyboard.
Does This Look Like an Arm Chair?
Nine times out of ten, when we are using our laptops for work purposes, or any purpose, for that matter, we’re probably going to need full access to our entire keyboard. So when you have a cat who takes it upon themselves to use part of the keyboard as an armrest, it’s going to be extremely difficult to get any work done. The fact that this cat is sitting very human-like makes this photo so much funnier.
What Happened to My Pillow?
Have you ever gone to sit or lie down somewhere without realizing that you were about to sit on your cat? Usually, our furry friends will be alert enough to get out of the way by the time you are fully positioned on the seat in question. However, this cat didn’t seem to give two hoots when its owner was ready to start some work from home. Of course, the person wasn’t actually going to sit on their cat so they ended up compromising.
Red Bull Gives You Wings!
It’s not just cats and dogs that are bound to get in the way when you are working from home. Another unexpected “co-worker” could be a pet budgie. Usually, owners will keep their colorful little birds in cages, for the most part. But when they let them out to fly around the home, there is no denying that budgies can get carried away and take all sorts of liberties. Maybe he just wanted some coffee at this time of the day.
This Office Is Under Construction
When you are in the middle of converting parts of your home into a makeshift office, things are bound to look kind of weird at times. Take this person, for example, who for some strange reason decided to position their laptop on top of a recycling bin. There is a strange dichotomy in seeing this with a whole building covered in scaffolding in the background. It makes you wonder: are they connected? Your guess is as good as ours.
The New Stress Ball
Many people out there have objects they use to keep them stress-free while at work. But what happens when you leave the stress balls at the office and you have nothing to squeeze while working from home? Well, there is always your pets, who are often more than happy to let you give them a stroke. This kitty couldn’t help but lean in front of the owner and let him rub her belly. No more work was done for the rest of the day.
Scraping the Barrel for Office Space
Seriously, why did this person have a wooden barrel, to begin with? Were they once a crew member on a pirate ship and stole this because it was full of gold? At any rate, they are no longer a pirate (unless they are a cyber-pirate, which we wouldn’t put it past them seeing that they literally put their computer on top of the barrel). We can not imagine this being the most comfortable way to work from home.
Dinner Is Served
Cats are going to chew on most things if they are bored enough. How long is it going to take this cat until they realize that this laptop isn’t a sirloin steak? It clearly isn’t edible. Unless that cat is simply grinding away in order to keep their teeth nice and sharp for the next tasty meal. We’re just going to say it is that because we haven’t got the energy to speculate about it any further than we already have.
We’ve seen a lot of strange work-from-home setups but this one seems kind of pointless. We are simply being honest and don’t want to sugarcoat how silly this is. Of course, one isn’t simply going to pick up an onion or a potato and take a bite out of it. It would probably make more sense to have food items that were easier to eat in those baskets, such as biscuits and chocolate bars. Yeah, we’d much prefer that sort of working-from-home situation.
Working Like a Dog
If you have lived with a dog long enough, you probably know by now that there are going to be times when they decide to howl. Maybe something is bothering them, or maybe they just wanted to communicate with other dogs. In this photo, the owner couldn’t believe that his pet would start howling his head off when he was in the middle of working from home. Thankfully, he had a solution to the problem. Headphones have never been more useful than in this situation.
Conference Call of the Wild
Setting our profile picture on a variety of social media platforms has never been more important. In this day and age, when millions of people are communicating via video chat platforms such as Zoom and Skype, it is crucial to have a profile picture that people can easily recognize you by. Take this woman, for example, who seemed to take the perfect picture. That wasn’t until her dog came along and started to lick her face. The end result was simply legendary.
Dress For Success
Working from home is no reason not to dress for success. It is good to have a routine that keeps an individual who works at home on track and focused. You do not want to fall into the yoga pants and oversized t-shirt trap that so many people do. For most people, dressing up for work may not look as snazzy as this pup. But dressing for the day will keep the worker from becoming socially distant from everyone.
No Kids Allowed
Having designated space where no one but the at-home worker is allowed will help elevate their productivity. It will also help keep them from being distracted by all the cuteness of not only the family pet but that tiny human, as well. Childproofing the office just makes sense. But if they do that, will they be able to get out once the day is over?
Silence Is Golden
Like pets, kids don’t understand that you are working when you are doing it from home. They will talk incessantly, excited to share every new idea or bit of information that they have learned. It is so cute when they are excited, but it is also a distraction. When there is no other alternative, sometimes it’s time to play the vaudeville villain and pretend to tie them to the train tracks for a little bit. Once that project is done, they can be saved by the hero and resume talking your ear off.
Just Checking In!
Many at-home workers started in an office situation, and this little pup just wants to make his human feel at home. Look at this cute pup’s attempt at being that cubicle neighbor who always likes to peek their head over to see how everything is going. It just happens to be the one that likes to make silly faces to distract their coworker from the important tasks at hand. Isn’t he cute, though? How could anyone get work done with this little guy peeking his head around the laptop?
There Is an Urgent Matter
Cats are always on their own time, and when they decide that it’s time for them to get some love, there is no denying them. They will make themselves a nuisance until the human understands just how important it is to stop what they are doing and do exactly what they want. This is exactly what this cat is trying to tell its work-at-home human.