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6 cool things we saw at re:MARS 2022

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Smart homes, smart shopping, robots, robots, and more robots were some of the futuristic things at this year’s conference on Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space (MARS).
Last week, re:MARS returned to the stage, offering a glimpse into a technology-enabled future that may be closer than it seems.

The conference—which debuted in 2019—brings together luminaries and technical experts to discuss the latest in Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space (MARS).

Read on for some of the things that stood out.

An image of a man standing on the re:MARS stage in an orange space suit.
PAGE OVERVIEW
A (very) smart home
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    A (very) smart home
  • A (very) smart home
  • Robots in the workplace
  • Wearable robotics
  • Home robots
  • Alexa in space
  • AI where we shop
Smart homes, smart shopping, robots, robots, and more robots were some of the futuristic things at this year’s conference on Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space (MARS).
Last week, re:MARS returned to the stage, offering a glimpse into a technology-enabled future that may be closer than it seems.

The conference—which debuted in 2019—brings together luminaries and technical experts to discuss the latest in Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space (MARS).

Read on for some of the things that stood out.

An image of a man standing on the re:MARS stage in an orange space suit.
  • 1.
    A (very) smart home
    Alexa Smart Home’s vision is centered on ambient intelligence. It’s there when you need it and fades into the background when you don’t. Alexa AI Senior Vice President and Head Scientist Rohit Prasad said customers interact with Alexa billions of times each week, and more than 30% of smart-home interactions are initiated by Alexa.
    An image of a drive way with an orange car parked on it. There is a street sign in the foreground that says "Smart Home" on one street and "Alexa Ave." on the other.
  • 2.
    Robots in the workplace
    We unveiled some of the newest robots to be used in our facilities around the world, including sort centers and air hubs. These robots help us sort packages, move products and orders, and improve efficiency.
    An image of small floor robots moving around a showcase on the showroom floor at re:MARS.
  • 3.
    Wearable robotics
    Yves Nazon and Riley Pieper, two researchers from the Neurobionics Lab at the University of Michigan, talked about their work developing ankle exoskeletons. Nazon demonstrated how these wearable robotics can be programmed to provide people with assistance when running or walking. The pair is investigating how to incorporate user preference into the development of wearable robotics—for example, whether people prefer more or less assistance when walking uphill. Exoskeletons could provide support for people with physically demanding jobs or those who have limited mobility.
    An image of a man walking on a treadmill with devices hooked up to him.
  • 4.
    Home robots
    We found Astro hanging out in the Smart Home. Introduced last fall, Astro is a home robot that can do everything from making sure your home is safe while you’re away to delivering a snack while you’re watching TV. Astro employs Intelligent Motion to map your home, then navigates anywhere you need it to go at a comfortable strolling speed. And yes, Astro can be blocked from certain rooms or areas, like the bathroom. Learn more about Astro and its creator.
    An Amazon Astro bot in a home setting
  • 5.
    Alexa in space
    Alexa will be along for the ride for NASA's upcoming Artemis 1 mission, providing voice interaction between the Artemis 1 spacecraft and mission control at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. re:MARS attendees could check out a full-size mockup of the spacecraft’s crew cabin and a copy of the Alexa system that will be part of the first Artemis mission. Learn more about the upcoming space mission.
    An image of the Teacher of the Year award winners checking out the mockup space shuttle at the re:MARS 2022 convention.
  • AI where we shop
    Conference attendees could visit the Just Walk Out Experiential Mock Store—which walked them through a retail customer journey from entry to exit. Amazon Vice President of Physical Retail and Technology Dilip Kumar spoke in a keynote about how his team is using computer vision and machine learning to deliver easier and faster in-store shopping experiences for customers in physical spaces—from checkout-free shopping with Just Walk Out technology, to Amazon One.
    An image from the Just Walk Out showcase on the show floor at re:MARS 2022.
  • PAGE OVERVIEW
  • 1
    A (very) smart home
  • 2
    Robots in the workplace
  • 3
    Wearable robotics
  • 4
    Home robots
  • 5
    Alexa in space
  • 6
    AI where we shop
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