Founded by Carnegie Mellon roboticists, the company built a reputation selling products that took the shape of standard toys, but that could operate all on their own using complex software.
That way, young kids (and nostalgic parents) could steer the company’s cars around a configurable track using a mobile app, without needing the skill or know-how to play a proper racing video game.
But with Cozmo, the WALL-E-like toy the company introduced two years ago, Anki fully realized its vision as a robot maker.
After spending a couple of weeks with my very own Vector robot, I can say the company has built a more skilled and interesting robot, but one that’s still very much a toy you might get bored and forget about.
It’s got more powerful internal components, and that means it’s doing a lot more onboard processing and relying less on your smartphone and its internet connection to perform tasks.
I particularly love the feature that lets Vector dance to music you play.