Anki Hopes Vector Home Robot Can Go Where Others Have Failed
It has truly been a rough few weeks for the upstart home robotics segment. In late July, Mayfield Robotics announced that it was pulling the proverbial plug on its Kuri robot, which debuted at CES 2017 and looked like the lovechild of R2D2 and WALL-E. And just a month earlier, social robot company Jibo, whose product looked like a dancing Amazon Alexa, announced it was laying off a majority of its workforce.
And all of that is what makes the timing of this announcement from Anki pretty peculiar.
Anki, the company behind the Overdrive Fast & Furious Edition game we reviewed and the kid-friendly robot named Cozmo, announced a new home robot called Vector. A much sleeker-looking version of Cozmo, Vector robot is a small home robot that Anki promises will deliver real life benefits that “we’ve only seen in science-fiction movies.” The robot has the ability to see, hear, communicate, and think—basically a miniature Alexa that’s mobile and much cuter.