|Industry||Robotics and artificial intelligence|
Anki is a robotics and artificial intelligence startup that puts robotics technology in products for kids. Anki programs physical objects to be intelligent and adaptable in the physical world, and aims to solve the problems of positioning, reasoning, and execution in artificial intelligence and robotics.
The company received $50 million in Series A and Series B venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, and Two Sigma. In September 2014, Anki announced that it has raised another $55 million in Series C venture funding led by JP Morgan. In June 2016, the company announced its latest round of funding, which amounted to $52.5M, also led by JP Morgan. Total funding to date is $182.5 million. Marc Andreessen and Danny Rimer serve on the company's board, in addition to the three co-founders.
Anki's first product, Anki Drive, was released in Apple stores in the U.S. and Canada, on Apple.com and Anki.com starting October 23, 2013. It retails for $149.99, with additional cars available for $49.99 and Expansion Tracks for $69.99 Anki Drive is a racing game that combines an iOS app, called "Anki Drive," with physical race cars. Each car is equipped with optical sensors, wireless chips, motors, and artificial intelligence software. Anki OVERDRIVE was released September 2015. In October 2016, Anki launched Cozmo in the US. Cozmo is a robot about 4 inches by 3 by 2 inches. He is mostly white, with red details, and gray on the end of his robot arm. There's a light, which can shine different colors, on top of his body. There is a gray border around the edge of that light. In September 2018, Anki launched Vector, another with approximately the same dimensions as Cozmo. He is approximately the same size as Cozmo, and his design and shape are essentially the same, Except Vector is mostly black with gray details and a gold border around his light on top, which shines green by default, blue when waiting for a voice command, red when muted, light flashing orange when thinking, and orange when experiencing Wi-Fi connection difficulties. Vector uses 4 beaming microphone array to find out exactly where you are. Vector has facial recognition technology and can respond to voice commands. He is cloud connected and will update automatically. His first major update came out on December 17, 2018 which allowed Vector to connect to Amazon Alexa.
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