Amazon unveils Astro, its new £1,000 robot that patrols your house and detects intruders

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Amazon has extended its invasion of the home, unveiling a two-wheeled robot capable of autonomously patrolling houses and alerting owners to potential intruders.

The company’s “Astro” device, which will cost $1,449 (£1,071) when released, will be able to follow users as they move around the house, check if ovens are left on, and send notifications if they detect something unusual.

It is able to use facial recognition to identify members of the household, for example to find them for a video call, or to transport an item to them.

The device marks the latest attempt by Amazon to position itself at the centre of the “smart home” with a range of cameras, video screens and appliances such as internet-connected thermostats and doorbells. The company has continued the push despite alarming privacy campaigners.

Astro, which will first go on sale in the US, features a periscope camera that can be used to patrol hallways and empty rooms at eye level while people are out of the house.

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