The question is how can we sign up for an Amazon Astro invite, right? Well according to the verge, Amazon announced a home robot called Astro during its fall hardware event today, September 28th, which is designed to serve as a helpful mobile assistant that can navigate around the main floor of your home.
Amazon promises Astro will be able to patrol your home while you’re away, carry small objects from room to room (as long as a human places the object in its storage compartment), follow a person around with its periscope camera while on a video call, play music, and play games with children, as well as carry out a bevy of other small tasks.
It’s essentially an Echo Show 10 on wheels, complete with Alexa support, mixed with some of the expectations of a robot vacuum sans vacuuming room assignment, navigation, and self-charging via a dock.
How Can I Sign Up For an Amazon Astro Invite
The Astro is being made in small quantities to start, as Amazon figures out exactly what the robot will be capable of in a larger amount of people’s homes, so it’s starting it off as an invite-only product.
The Alexa-enabled assistant robot will ultimately cost $1,449.99, but it’s available as part of Amazon’s Day 1 Editions program for $999.99 and comes bundled with a six-month trial of Ring Protect Pro service.
You can submit invite requests on Amazon, and the company has indicated that it will begin granting invitations and shipping Astro devices to US customers “later this year.”
Amazon Astro Home Robot
Amazon’s new, Alexa-equipped home robot is designed to live with you and support small tasks, essentially amounting to a smart display / virtual assistant on wheels. For the time being, however, it’s invite-only as part of the Amazon Day 1 Edition program.
For those interested in the invite, be aware that clicking the big yellow button on the Amazon listing submits the request and brings up a survey with numerous advisories and inquiries about your living space, which can help you assess whether you can accommodate Astro’s various limitations.
Features Compatible with Astro
The set of home interior features amazon lists that are compatible with Astro are listed below;
- Frameless windows or mirrors that extend to the floor
- Glass coffee tables or translucent acrylic furniture
- A space greater than 3,500 square feet where Astro is to be used
Features Not Compatible With Astro
- Ramps between spaces or over stairs (might be compatible in future)
- One or more steps down with a curved top edge
- A sunken area with a 90-degree inside corner
- Flooring transitions thicker than 1.375 inches or 3.5 centimeters
- Glossy black floors
To start, Amazon asks you to indicate if your home has certain physical features or layouts. To get more details, click here.