Anki reveals the new Vector robot

Anki has announced Vector, its latest personality-driven home robot.

Fully autonomous, cloud-connected and always-on, Anki say Vector represents a major leap for accessible consumer robotics.

“For over five years, Anki has brought together a team of experts across various fields to create the world’s first affordable, character-rich robot capable of surprising and delighting humans,” said Boris Sofman, CEO and co-founder of Anki.

With around a thousand animations in Vector, he reacts to his environment in a meaningful way, according to Anki. He also responds to human touch, thanks to a capacitive touch sensor built on his back.

“Vector is the culmination of everything we’ve learned in this journey so far, and a bold next step in our vision for entertaining and purposeful robots in every home, everywhere.”

Users can utilise the Ask Vector feature to ask questions about the real world, similar to the Ask Alexa feature on the Amazon Alexa device. Vector can tell you the weather forecast, set a timer, take pictures and even play games.

“Today marks the starting point in an overall expansion for our robotics platform and how we combine the latest technologies in robotics and artificial intelligence with our novel approach to character and interface. For the first time, people will be living with a robot that is able to bring both a warm and joyful experience, and a new and characterful form of utility, into the home. This builds a bridge not just to a new category of home robots, but our own future product lines that will continue to expand on the level of capabilities that are possible,” added Sofman.

A Vector SDK will also be available early next year to all Vector owners. Anki say this will allow users to to harness Vector’s hardware and software technologies - from advanced facial recognition to a high-resolution color screen - to augment their Vector experience in ways that no other consumer robotics platform offers.

Vector will be in stores in Australia on October 13th for $449.99.

It is available for pre-sale now with a special offer of $50 off for a limited time.

For more information, visit www.anki.com.

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