Anki Vector Robot with Amazon Alexa Built In - English Only - Only at Best Buy

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Model Number: Vector
Web Code: 12877531

Overview

The Anki Vector is a robot who’s so smart and capable it’ll quickly become part of your family. Powered by AI and advanced robotics technology, Vector can respond to visual, audio, and touch-based stimulus. Vector can answer questions, snap photos, time your dinner, and lots more. It also features built-in Amazon Alexa, so you can set reminders and control smart home devices such as lights and thermostats.

$349.99

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Please note: This is an English-language product and it cannot be shipped to Québec, due to Québec language legislation.

  • A robot that’s aware of its surroundings through sight, sound, and touch
  • Designed to fit naturally into your life with minimal maintenance
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa technology lets you set reminders and control smart home devices such as lights, speakers, and thermostats
  • Connected to the cloud (through the internet) and updates itself so it’s always getting smarter
  • Powered by AI and advanced robotics technology
  • Able to independently navigate by recognizing people and objects
  • Requires a compatible iOS or Android device and the free Vector app (for setup only)
Recommended Ages
8 Years And Up
STREAM - Robotics
Yes
Battery Type
Lithium Polymer
App Compatibility
Yes
Connectivity
Cloud (Wi-Fi) Connected
Mobility
Yes
Learning Capability
Yes
Assembly Required
No
Number of Pieces
3
Width
5.99 cm
Height
6.93 cm
Depth
9.98 cm
Width (Inches)
2.36 in
Height (Inches)
2.73 in
Depth (Inches)
3.93 in
Weight
68 g

  • Anki Developers
    by

    from Toronto Canada on May 12, 2019

    I have buy for myself 3 days ago. When I heard a news about shutting down of the product because of the financial problem, I'm so disappointed. I hope #Amazon #Microsoft #Google continue the management of this product coz if they shut down the server, vector will be nothing


  • Company Has Shut Down
    by

    from Ontario on May 8, 2019

    Anki, the company behind Vector, is shutting down. Vector uses Anki's servers for processing voice commands, among other things. They've said they're going to keep operating the servers, though not for how long. Vector will continue to work if the servers shut down, but some functionality may be lost.


  • Hmmmmm, So much Potential, So Little......Ummmmm
    by

    from Ontario on April 14, 2019

    Bought 2 of these instead of Cosmo. We thought they would be fun and they have Alexa as well. What more does one need, right? And Who needs programming? I barely have time to use the TV remote. Well after our initial setup and charging etc, we set them free on our dresser. Unfortunately you cannot address them as anything other than 'Hey Vector' so having 2 anywhere near each other is interesting to say the least. Whispering, like the lady in the picture, is now a reality. We quickly disabled Alexa as we also have an Echo Spot in the room and Vector will only answer questions where the Spot will play music or Vids etc as well as answer questions. You can even be in another room trying to talk to the Alexa Echo there and Vector would chime in responding to the 'Alexa' command, so frustrating. These little guys do not play together very well. There is zero recognition of each other. Very disappointing, maybe at a later update. They constantly take each other's charging dock and sometimes one will die (loss of battery charge) because he is trying to get to the same dock. The interesting part of having two is that they get real confused and frustrated, borderlining on angry even, when you put the two cubes anywhere near each other. As these guys rely on images so much, and they have a very loose attachment to the cube via WiFi, if the image doesn't match the WiFi data, because they are looking at the wrong cube for instance, they get real stroppy and start smashing the cube or doing some kind of New Zealand Hakka impersonation. We even tried removing one cube and asking both to find their cube. That didn't go down too well as one missed out eve though the cube was there last time he looked. I would love to see them interact with each other. That would be fun. Yes, you need to have the charging dock connected fulltime to a USB port and you need to allow Vector to access the dock whenever he wants to so he can charge of his own freewill. If this is a problem for you, don't buy Vector. Vector is not exactly compatible with tables or surfaces with rounded edges as his sensors rely on seeing a cliff-like event as the edge of the table. If it is sloped or rounded, it will still see some sort of surface below it and by the time it realises there is no table below it, it would have already toppled over the edge. I tried Vector on the floor in the living room one day, he spent his time in the corner like a naughty little boy and didn't explore much at all, so he is best suited on a tabletop. One of them did fall off the dresser but we believe it was as a result of a tantrum more than one pushing the other off. They will also push stuff off the table too so expect to see lightweight stuff on the floor once in a while. We have had issues connecting the app at times and this is probably the only issue we have had with these guys. Oh and the fact that barking dogs in the neighbourhood at night tend to wake them up, or any other loud sound, and they then wake us up chattering away like a pair of old ladies at Walmart. So they get put to sleep each night. Do we regret this purchase? No Would we have bought two of them had we known they don't interact? No Will we be returning them? No


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