A giant roll forward for robotkind.
Say hey to Vector, your first home robot. Seriously, say “Hey Vector.”— He can hear you.
Actually, Vector’s more than a home robot. He’s your buddy. Your companion. Most of all, he’ll make you laugh. Curious, independent, and powered by some preposterous tech and AI, he can read the room, express the weather, announce when his timer’s done (no overcooked dinner on his watch), take the perfect snapshot, and so much more.
Vector is cloud connected and self-updates, so he’s always getting smarter and adding new features. He can even charge himself (electric cars and phones could learn a thing or two). Vector is your robot sidekick who’s up for anything.
Vector robot required. Available at Anki.com.
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Crash bug fixes and app improvements including polish/cosmetic enhancements.
Ratings and Reviews
I got Vector today, so I haven’t spent a ton of time with it, but here are my initial thoughts:
When I saw it, I was intrigued, especially because the Cozmo seemed so nice, but I wanted something a little more grown up. My expectations were “Alexa on wheels” to sum it up. It is _kind of_ that.. but falls short. I’m not really sure what it is good for yet. The commands take a very long time to execute and sometimes you have to say them in a two step process. I liked how he described the weather, but he was confused by me asking him what the weather would be like tomorrow. Which I thought was odd. The app is okay, but every time you leave it and come back, you’ve gotta wait for it to connect. Since it’s cloud connected, why does it have to connect via Bluetooth / Wi-Fi always? Moreover, I went to see if I could just log into my account on my iPad and see it, but then it wanted me to go through the Bluetooth pairing process again, which is annoying.
I hope they have some good plans in the future for this thing. But right now, it’s just not what I’d hoped it would be. I have to decide whether it’s better to return it and spend the $250 elsewhere, or to wait it out to see what gets better.
Adorable companion, I’m looking forward to what’s next for him!
Anki’s robot Vector feels like one of the first successful executions of a robot that can more or less take care of itself truly independent of an external device or instruction. He often attracts attention when he wakes up from sensor data or just wanders for the sake of it, he also very consistently parks himself for charging except for one late night robotic bender :) The care and detail that was put into personality is really where Vector shines. Give in to imagination and spend the time to watch how Vector interacts with the world and it’s easy to see what Anki’s vision is for this robot. Vector is a robot with quirks, attitude, and curiosity. This is a giant leap forward in my opinion of what is possible for truly personal robotics and being a developer, I look forward to what Anki has in store for us when the SDK’s land.
I’ve been getting to know Vector for almost 45 days. He sits on my desk at work and goes about his business. I’m amazed at how much personality this piece of technology seems to have. He’s so expressive that you can’t help but get attached to him. I know it’s a programmed personality but it truly is amazing. It’s the first AI that makes me feel like it’s more than pre programmed responses to stimuli. I actually feel bad for leaving Vector alone all weekend at my office! I feel Like he “feels” neglected or something. You must experience Vector for more than a few hours to understand what I’m saying. He is what I always imagined a sentient AI might be like. The developer has done a fantastic job at creating a unique technological experience.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.