Let’s talk about Amazon’s home patrol robots

Around this time Every year, Amazon announces a wide range of new products. Some of them are pretty normal: new Echo speakers, smart screens, video doorbells. But sometimes the company will roll out some real bonkers, like a flying home security drone or a Roomba-like robot with an extended periscope camera running around your house. Outlandish or otherwise gives the company output a look at where it is headed. And this year, Amazon increasingly seems to intend to become a home security company.

This week at Gadget Lab, WIRED senior associate reviews editor Adrienne So joins us to talk about Amazon’s flood of new products, including the absurd Astro robot.

Show notes

Read Lauren’s story about Amazon’s Astro robot. Check out everything Amazon announced at its September event. If for some reason you want to buy the Amazon Ring drone for your home, you need to get on the invitation list. Here’s Adrienne’s story about the Amazon Halo fitness tracker listening to your speech. And here’s Lauren’s review of the Amazon Dash shelf. Also read Engadget’s story of how Amazon is becoming a security company.


Adrienne recommends the Back Bay Tempo 30 earplugs. Mike recommends the “Folk Fabrique” playlist on Spotify. Lauren recommends Anne Helen Petersen’s column “The Counterintuitive Mechanics of Peloton Addiction” from her Substack newsletter, Cultural survey.

Adrienne So can be found on Twitter @adriennemso. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling mainline on @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar Keys.

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