Without a doubt, it was the attention-grabbing tech of the week, a tiny rolling robot with cartoon eyes, a camera on a periscope, and a mission to follow strangers around the household. The $ 1,000 smart home gadget will initially only be available to a small group of invitees, but it is already taking up brain space far and wide.
There are many ways to think about Astro. It’s a convenience and a cool little toy. It is awaiting for it to happen. It is Amazon’s Trojan horse to bring more and more of its products into your home. Soon we’ll know if it’s a guard like that or a lightning bolt in the pan like .
Our stories on Astro andare among the many in-depth features and thought-provoking comments posted on CNET this week. So, let’s go. Don’t miss these stories:
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