There are a couple of things that differentiate Anki from any other robotics company. First, it’s the only one I know of to launch on an Apple keynote stage, with an introduction from Tim Cook. Second, it’s one of a select few that’s actually advancing the robotics industry by building toys — not industrial equipment.
The Anki Drive system — an app and set of cars that are driven by users or allowed to run autonomously via its complex artificial intelligence — is a Trojan horse. It lets Anki work on very difficult problems related to positioning, navigation and communication in robotics while producing a very fun game that sells off the shelf.
The game itself is reminiscent of the slot car tracks my dad and I used to battle each other out on when I was young. But the Anki Drive track has no slots, and the controllers are iPhones…
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