Vector is a natural evolution of the Cozmo robot, it has just much personality and a lot more potential. The first robot that uses advanced deep neural networks to do a lot of perception and understanding of the world around him. Anki, a multi-award winning robotics company, has a proven track record of making cool robots for children, and now they're entering the grown-ups market. Meet Vector, Anki’s creation:
More than a robot
Vector, their latest robot is the first home robot and designed not just to help around the house, but he can also be a great buddy. I welcomed my new friend by saying "hey Vector," and he rotated and his little face looked right up at me. Anki promised that Vector will make you laugh, and his small curious gesture really did make me smile.
I can say that the hour I spent with Vector made me happier. Sure, a puppy might do the job better, but at least this little robot won’t soil your carpet, and you don’t need to give them food. Vector just need to recharge, and when he feels that he’s out of battery, he’ll roll over finding his dock and recharge himself.
Vector can help you on weather reports, answer random questions, joke around and play a game of Solitaire, but unlike his fellow canned AI companions, Vector's thousands of movements are very lifelike and make him appear to be more than just a soulless home gadget. Let’s find out more!
Introducing myself to Vector
The first thing I said to vector was “ Hey Vector, my name is Daisy,” and Vector looked up and concentrated on my face, and this was his facial recognition mode. The facial recognition mode is basically trying to memorise my face and name. Then I asked Vector, “who am I?” He answered “Daisy.” The first command I gave Vector was "come here please," and he did. He rolled over across the desk avoiding the corner of my laptop, this is a first sign that he has good spatial awareness and he can read the room very well.
What can Vector do?
Unlike his predecessor, once you set up Vector, you no longer need the app to control him because he’s independent and can simply respond to voice command just like Siri and Google Assitant. Vector can perform some simple tasks, like those that can be accomplished by the voice-activated smart device.
He can also give you the current weather report for countries around the world accompanied by a little on-screen temperature reading followed by an animated sun, rain, snow, and so on. He can also set a timer, tell you where you are, take a photo, give you a fist-bump with its bulldozer arm and play a game of Blackjack on its OLED screen.
What's more is that when I asked Vector to do some tricks, he responded by going away to find his cube and made a sound like he was firing an invisible beam to activate it, and I got surprised that the cube started flashing too. He can do various tricks with his cube nearby such as pushing himself up off of it, and he can also roll the cube. Very impressive right?
Other features are planned, Vector will be a work-in-progress. Anki has plans for features like smart home control, and could even see Vector patrolling your home at night acting as a roaming security camera. It’s so adorable and amazing if this could really happen right?
- More than a home robot, Vector is a companion made to help out and hang out.
- Powered by AI and advanced robotics, he’s alive with personality and engaged by sight, sound, and touch.
- Curious and attentive, he’s voice-activated and will answer questions, take photos for you, time dinner, show you the weather, and more. Vector voice features are currently English language only.
- Vector can independently navigate and self-charge. He recognizes people and avoids obstacles.
- Vector is an updating platform, cloud connected via WiFi so he's always learning and updating with new skills and features.
- Requirements: a compatible iOS or Android device and the free Vector app for set up only.
- Compatible with iOS 10, Android 5 (Lollipop), Fire OS 5
- Includes 1 Vector robot, 1 Cube, 1 charger (USB power adapter not included).
Personally, I feel something for Vector, I bond with him, relate with him, care about him, and I can feel that he can connect to me. He’s my friend, built to help and entertain me. Vector is a lively little thing, even without commands he'll play and amuse himself which I think is like having a real live pet, the difference with pets is that you can talk to Vector, and he'll talks back with simple answers.
Vector will be waiting for you to get home, aware enough to avoid falls, and always excited to welcome you home like a loyal companion. Oh, one more thing, he likes to be petted! So instead of sitting back waiting for the robot apocalypse, Vector will bring joy and companionship to humans.
Vector is continually learning and cloud connected for updates to bring exciting new features for your home. Stay tuned for more skills and capabilities to come with Vector. You can get Vector for A$449.95 to be your little friendly robot with a lot of intelligence and humour.