Picking up from the remnants of its blazing popularity in the kid’s robot toys department, robotics and AI power brand Anki has finally created the David among the many Goliaths in the robot toy arena– Vector! You got it right. Looking like Cozmo’s proverbial twin, the Vector robot toy has plenty of surprises up its small frame that elicits plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” from adults who love to have fun no matter their age. But what truly makes the Vector different from its kid-friendly counterpart? What features made it different?
Unveiling the Vector
First stop: no need for a smartphone. Unlike its for-kids counterpart, Vector is the epitome of “having a mind of its own”. All actions and processing have been duly designed to be done by Vector itself. Simply set-up using an app and voila! All interactions will be done via voice command or eye contact. Just like a humanoid robot but in diminutive proportion, this fit-in-your-palm robot toy no longer requires a phone or a tablet to be maneuvered around. Simply see the app to check its mood and stimulation. You may even find all its selfies there!
Vector is more of proverbial house pet without the hazards. Designed for the whole family to enjoy, it’s cloud-connected and fully autonomous. It’s integrated with Alexa and is currently on the wraps of being the same with Siri, too. It’s like having a small security guard right up on a table or a counter off your living room, eyeing every movement and hearing every sound. It can also map out environments as well as keep tabs on locations of certain objects.
Features That Sizzle
The Vector robot toy looks cooler, in a serious way, than the Cozmo with its gray-black frame and alert green eyes. Communication of the Vector robot toy is still relegated via its colored IPS display face only with a twist– it responds via capacitive touch sensor strategically integrated on its back. Like Alexa, it also comes with the cool “Ask Vector” feature duly revved by Google’s back-end. Simply pose a question like say the weather or community news updates or schedule for the day, and it will provide answers as accurately as it can. Want to be reminded by a meal plan? Vector can also do it for you!
Have I mentioned that it can shot selfies? The robot toy’s HD camera comes with a whooping 120-degree filed view. Aside from taking pictures, it can even frame a shot using its integrated facial recognition. Supporting the camera are four (yes, you heard it right!) microphones to collect commands and accurately detect sound origin. It also comes with 4 IR emitters to prevent it from falling off desks, shelves or tables. It even recharges itself. If you want to give it a house of its own though, the Anki Vector Spaceabove is an excellent add-on. Simply connect the charger and Vector now has its own home.
Without a doubt, the Vector robot toy is an awesome addition to anyone’s home. This fully autonomous “always on” robot may be so small it fits in your plan, but definitely delivers huge in terms of companionship, security and fun. You can also bring it anywhere you go. Simply wrap it up in an Aenllosi Hard Case like the one above and off you go to a jaunt with this lovable robot toy that everyone– young or young at heart– will love.