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Review: Anki's Vector Robot Isn't the Smartest AI, but He's Definitely the Most Adorable

Friday November 16, 2018 9:31 am PST by
Anki has been making toys that use artificial intelligence for years now, starting with the Anki Overdrive set of racing cars and the interactive Cozmo toy robot, but this year the company launched its most ambitious product: Vector. Unlike Cozmo, Vector is no toy, and is instead positioned as a home robotic device. Vector adopts capabilities from Cozmo, but his functionality goes above and...

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Robotics Company Anki Shutting Down

Monday April 29, 2019 2:01 pm PDT by
Anki, a robotics company known for its Vector and Cozmo home robots along with AI-based Anki Drive cars, is shutting down, reports Recode. Anki CEO Boris Sofman today told all Anki staff that they would be terminated on Wednesday and would be given a week of severance pay. Anki has nearly 200 employees. Just days ago, employees were told that Anki was aiming to find additional funding...

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Vector Robot From Anki

Friday December 7, 2018 10:01 am PST by
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Anki to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's adorable little Vector robots, which designed to be a personal robot companions that are fun for the whole family. Vector is an autonomous, cloud-connected robot that's eager to entertain, interact with you, and answer questions on a range of topics with the "Hey Vector" trigger...

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

Friday October 12, 2018 5:02 pm PDT by
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,...
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Anki Reveals Autonomous 'Vector' Home Robot With AI Learning to Help Around the House

Wednesday August 8, 2018 7:04 am PDT by
Anki has revealed its fourth consumer product in the form of a home robot that it's calling "Vector," launching on Kickstarter today. Although the company has debuted a Kickstarter to give backers early access to the robot on October 9, it's promising that Vector will launch wide just a few days later, in stores on October 12, 2018. The new robot looks visually similar to Anki's previous "Coz...

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Anki OVERDRIVE Fast & Furious Edition Racing Game

Friday January 26, 2018 10:33 am PST by
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Anki to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win the Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition iPhone-compatible racing game. Anki OVERDRIVE is an intelligent battle racing system where players construct different battle tracks for AI-controlled cars to race on. Each car that races on the OVERDRIVE track is equipped with unique capabilities,...

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Cozmo Robot From Anki

Friday November 18, 2016 10:32 am PST by
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Anki to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of Anki's new Cozmo robots. Cozmo is an adorable little robot that's able to explore and react to the environment, play games, and interact with people in unique ways. Priced at $179.99, Cozmo comes with a charging stand and three interactive Power Cubes that the robot can stack up, knock over,...
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'Anki Overdrive' Bringing Modular Tracks and New Cars to AI Racing Game

Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:00 am PST by
Anki today announced a sequel to its innovative iOS-compatible Anki Drive slot car racing game. Called "Anki Overdrive" and set for launch in September, it will include brand new cars, a customizable track - courtesy of magnetically interlocking track pieces and "bridges" that adjust track height - and even jump ramps (via Re/code). Originally debuted on stage at WWDC 2013, Anki has slowly...

'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks

Wednesday April 16, 2014 9:00 am PDT by
Anki today announced the debut of two new cars and two new tracks for its iPhone-compatible Anki Drive slot car racing game. Joining the existing four cars are Hadion and Corax, new characters that focus on speed and weaponry, respectively. Designed by Anki and Hollywood legend Harald Belker, Corax and Hadion are the newest characters available for Anki DRIVE. Hadion is built for speed and is...

'Anki Drive' App Updated With New Weapons and Upgrades

Friday January 3, 2014 8:38 am PST by
Anki Drive, the iOS-controlled AI-based racing game that first debuted at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, got a major app update today, adding new weapons, support items, and a new upgrade system. Following the update, there are a total of 20 upgrades that can be used to customize cars, in categories like Combat, Chassis, Engine, and Energy Systems. The Anki Cars, which are largely...

'Anki Drive' Robotic Car Game Now Available at Apple's Online and Retail Stores

Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:39 am PDT by
The Anki Drive game first demonstrated during Apple's WWDC keynote address in June is now available exclusively on the Apple Online Store and at Apple's retail outlets, in line with last week's announcement. The game, described by Anki as a "video game in the real world", is somewhat similar to slot car racing, but uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, and iPhone-based controls. ...

Anki Drive AI-Controlled Cars Will Be Available on October 23 for $199

Wednesday October 16, 2013 6:50 pm PDT by
First introduced at WWDC, Anki's iOS-controlled AI-based racing game is set to debut later this month. Unlike standard racing toys, Anki Drive is largely self-operating and is described by the company as a "video game in the real world." The concept is similar to slot car racing, with added enhancements that include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and smartphone-based controls. ...

Anki Debuts 'Anki Drive' Intelligent Robotic Car Game

Monday June 10, 2013 10:18 am PDT by
On stage at WWDC today, Tim Cook stepped aside to allow app developer Anki to debut a new product, known as Anki Drive. According to Cook, "Anki uses iOS devices and the iOS platform to bring artificial intelligence and robotics into our daily lives." The product uses smart robotic toy cars powered by Bluetooth to drive on a track. The cars know their location and they are able to react to...