Vector the robot lives in your house, notices when you’re gone, and gets excited when you come home.
Much like a dog, except you don’t have to feed him or take him for a walk… and Vector understands English extremely well.
When consumers hear the word robot, the images which usually spring straight to mind are of sci-fi characters like R2D2 from Star Wars or Rosie from television’s The Jetsons. Or maybe a robotic vacuum cleaner, with all the personality of – well, a vacuum cleaner…
But Vector the robot might soon change those impressions forever.
Check out this video for a quick introduction:
Vector the robot is alive with personality, highly-intelligent, and very aware of his surroundings through touch, sight, and sound.
His creators wanted Vector to fit naturally into daily life and into any space in a home, with minimal maintenance. He is unassertive and thoughtfully built. Instead of standing in a corner waiting to be turned on or listening for instructions, Vector the robot is intended to be “an extension of your family” and a complement to people’s lives.
And because he is cloud-connected and able to update himself, he’s always getting smarter and adding new features. Under that cutely polished exterior, he is chock-full of robotics and AI tech.
Vector was invented by tech company Anki which is running a campaign on Kickstarter. Early backers will receive their Vector on October 9 before he hits stores in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Australia three days later.
“For more than 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 at Anki. “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.
“For the first time, people will be living with a robot that is able to bring both a warm and joyful experience, as well as a new and characterful form of utility. 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.”
Vector the robot is not shy about showing his feelings – on a high-res colour IPS display. With around 1000 animations, he reacts to his environment in a way which is full of personality and meaningful. He even responds to human touch, thanks to the a sensor built into his back.
You can ask Vector pretty much anything – he’ll have an instant answer to factual questions about real world people, places and things. Check the weather forecast before you head out the door… let him tell you when dinner is cooked, instead of having to manually set a timer. Ask him to take a photograph on his HD camera and he’ll even tag the people in it. He can learn the names of the people he regularly interacts with.
Vector has a sense of humour. If he hears music he may spring into dance. You can challenge him to a hand of Blackjack or a bunch of other games using an accessory cube.
While mobile wherever you set him, onboard sensors will prevent him falling off edges.
And he knows his limits – if he senses he is getting tired (ie: his battery is getting low) he can reverse right back into his ‘parking space’ and recharge.
Impressed? You can buy Vector the robot in stores from October 12 for US$249.99 – or at a discounted, pre-order price on Kickstarter which closes on September 6.