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Amazon launches robots to roll round the home, voice assistant for Disney resort

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Amazon's logo can be seen in the company's logistics center in Boves, France, Aug. 8, 2018. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

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By Nivedita Balu and Jeffrey Dastin

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 announced a dog-like household robot called Astro and a deal with Walt on Tuesday Disney (NYSE 🙂 Co to bring its voice-activated technology to resort hotels to make its virtual assistant Alexa a bigger part of consumers' lives.

The home robot is designed to take on tasks like home monitoring, setting up routines and reminders, and can play music and TV shows while rolling around the house.

The device with digital eyes on a rotating screen on wheels is available at an introductory price of $ 999.99 and a regular price of $ 1,449.99.

Other product launches in its latest line of products have included a smart thermostat, smart display Echo Show 15, and a new health tracking tape called Halo View.

The Echo Show 15 can be wall mounted and is powered by AZ2 Neural Edge, a processor that helps users personalize the screen.

In an effort to appeal to the next generation of customers – children – the company introduced Amazon Glow, a device for playing, reading, or drawing while on a video call.

In its partnership with Disney, it will introduce an Alexa-powered voice assistant in Disney's theme park hotels along with a paid feature that allows customers to interact with Disney characters at home.

The feature is expected to be released in the next year and will allow users to interact with Disney characters with the "Hey, Disney!" Voice command.

Amazon has launched a number of new gadgets each year, including sunglasses with voice control and a home drone that haven't become mass sellers.

Devices make up a fraction of Amazon's total sales.

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