Anki's 'Vector' Home Robot Now Available for Purchase

Anki, known for its lineup of Overdrive iPhone-controlled cars and the Cozmo robot, today announced the official launch of its newest product, the Vector home robot.

Vector first debuted on Kickstarter back in August, where it earned nearly $2 million in funding.


Unlike Cozmo, Anki's first robot, Vector is not a toy and is instead meant to be a robot companion. Vector is autonomous, cloud-connected, always on, and ready to help you get through the day.


Vector can do things that Alexa and Siri can do, like providing the weather, setting the time, providing word definitions, solving equations, answering pop culture questions, and more. Vector is activated with a "Hey Vector" command.

Vector can also take a photo of you and offer up a game of blackjack. In the future, Anki also plans to add Alexa support to allow Vector to do more. Other future capabilities include smart home control, notifications, music recognition, security camera functionality, news information, messages, and more.


Anki's robot is designed to interact with you using eye contact and voice commands, and Anki has given him a personality so that he's fun to interact with.

Vector is equipped with an HD camera that lets him see the world around him, navigate spaces, recognize people, and take images. There's also a four-microphone array so that he can hear commands, and there are built-in touch sensors and an accelerometer allowing him to feel touch.


Vector also has a high-powered processor that allows him to answer queries and process the environment around him, and he has his own unique voice and language made up of hundreds of synthesized sounds.


A charging dock is included, and Vector is smart enough to return to his charger when he is low on battery. Vector requires a compatible iOS or Android device and a 2.4GHz WiFi connection to function. Vector ships with the aforementioned charger plus an interactive cube, and an optional base is available for $30.

Vector can be purchased from the Anki website or from Amazon.com for $249.99.

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5 weeks ago
I find it intriguing.

Finally someone is trying to do something that's not another stupid phone/tablet or copy of whatever Apple is (isn't?) doing.

I hope they do well and have many interesting updates.
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5 weeks ago
Hey Vector, what’s your victor?
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5 weeks ago
What do you do? I pass butter.
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5 weeks ago
$250 for a talking mini forklift. Count me out.
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5 weeks ago
A review: [MEDIA=youtube]is-rSK5y6EQ[/MEDIA]
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5 weeks ago
Neat - I'll be getting one.
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5 weeks ago
all fun and games until the dog gets a hold of it. expensive chew toy
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5 weeks ago

Amazes me people put so much effort into something that has zero purpose due to a) Fact a smart phone can provide all the smart features b) Limited movement, so unable go be a true robot.
c) If someone needs an artificial companion, they need help from family, friends or community.


Evolution. This would not exist without its predecessor. And the future "useful" robot you expect would not exist without this.

Babies are "useless" in the same sense, but grow into productive adults. Technology is no different, so why not just enjoy it for what it is?
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5 weeks ago

Evolution. This would not exist without its predecessor. And the future "useful" robot you expect would not exist without this.

Babies are "useless" in the same sense, but grow into productive adults. Technology is no different, so why not just enjoy it for what it is?

Love the ‘Baby’ analogy!
This is how I see fledgling companies, they’re just starting out and need the backing and investment from consumers to further their products and encourage them to keep going.
No new company has come out with their best product in their first few years and not improved upon it over the following years, Apple took over 10 years to get the iPhone where it is now.
If people show interest in Vector (like the coding community has with Cozmo) in 10 years time they should have a pretty amazing home robot!
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