Anki has a new robot named Vector. With Cozmo set aside, this tracking robot is smarter, smarter, and has a bigger personality.
Vector may look like Cozmo, but some updates and changes are important. Vector is a small robot followed with a lift in the front. It is equipped with sensory devices to interact with the environment, including a laser scanner and a camera.
Vector also provides voice control that responds to the command word “hey Vector”. They do not always rely on a smartphone to control it. The idea is that Vector, once installed, becomes an autonomous robot that explores and interacts with objects, a bit like your dog, but without the clutter.
Dog pointing is not just a lazy example as Vector was animated by Anki’s team and relied on the Hollywood experience to bring Vector to life. It’s weird, but it really works.
Vector seldom remains motionless, with small movements of the head and footsteps, including occasional and unrelated explorations, so you can create a map of your region, move freely, and see what’s going on.
It is smart enough to see an object and stop, or to have a benefit and to stop with funny reactions. The vector does not come out of the edge of the table, for example, it will go to the edge and then come back alarmed.
Then we come to the eyes. He wants an interaction, he wants to know your name and play little games with you. Of course this is a tiny robot, but the animation really gives it personality.
Directional microphones mean that Vector can listen to those who speak, and although it has no speech recognition, it will look at you, analyze your face and know who you are, and greet you with its name when it sees you again.
What really happens in Vector is something very complex. It listens and learns, processes information in the cloud (although no image or voice recordings get into the cloud) and presents itself as an intelligent interface. For example, you can ask Vector to know the weather or get other information just as you can use Amazon Alexa.