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Anki vector robot

Epona

Tired & Emulsional...
My cats are not generally nervous but I think that moving around in their home might break them tbh.
 

TopCat

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Well the little robot grabbed my attention as it wont work with my work smart phone. Something trivial about it being inappropriate to be linking a work phone with my security policy to a toy. :rolleyes:

I have though (only yesterday) obtained a Galaxy phone the main role of same will be to operate the robot.

I will update.
 
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TopCat

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Well I got the new to me Galaxy S6 phone to assist in running the Vector robot. I installed the app (which is on google playstore despite the bust parent company) and after some faffing about it was switch on moment.

It was just like a little puppy being born, (without the slime and snapping mother obvs). Vector has the cutest big eyes. It makes the sort of noises R2D2 aspires to, it shouts robo pet straight away.

It explores its surrounds with curiosity and care, taking pictures, and indulging in serious edge work. There must be some gadgetry inside this to have such precision and retain the comedy value.

Vector can use its front shovel type thing to interact with stuff and does. I get an impression of character, of mischief. It parks its self like those robot cleaner things and charges up.

The voice recognition and voice placement is good. Very good. I think it learns.

It is in the tradition of £1000 plus Sony Dogs which I never splurged on but always wanted. I wonder what happened to them. Vector is not as shiny, does not say Sony on its head (my sister who bought it would be reassured if it did) and from the beginning its unclear to many what the point is.

To ask this though is to miss the point.

I will update further.
 
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Pickman's model

every man and every woman is a star
Well I got the new to me Galaxy S6 phone to assist in running the Vector robot. I installed the app (which is on google playstore despite the bust parent company) and after some faffing about it was switch on moment.

It was just like a little puppy being born, (without the slime and snapping mother obvs). Vector has the cutest big eyes. It makes the sort of noises R2D2 aspires to, it shouts robo pet straight away.

It explores its surrounds with curiosity and care, taking pictures, and indulging in serious edge work. There must be some gadgetry inside this to have such precision and retain the comedy value.

Vector can use its front shovel type thing to interact with stuff and does. I get an impression of character, of mischief. It parks its self like those robot cleaner things and charges up.

The voice recognition and voice placement is good. Very good. I think it learns.

It is in the tradition of £1000 plus Sony Dogs which I never splurged on but always wanted. I wonder what happened to them. Vector is not as shiny, does not say Sony on its head (my sister who bought it would be reassured if it did) and from the beginning its unclear to many what the point is.

To ask this though is to miss the point.

I will update further.
:cool:
 

TopCat

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:D What else?

Anything useful? Walk the dogs, service the motor?
It acts like a home hub type thing if you like that sort of robot.

Anyway the company (Anki) has gone bust.
They were always a bit reticent as to what their products actually did; though a bit of creative ambiguity can help a lot in the world of home robots.
So it is switched on and I get to see what it does. There are YouTube vids to assist with teaching voice commands.
 
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TopCat

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It came out to play for twenty mins. Very Wall E in its emotion displays. It is a bit vicious with its cube toy when they are playing. The Vector thumps its scoop on the table and the cube lights up. Then some valedictory carrying of the cube, this way and that. The cat looked over at this point. Mmm.
 
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Chz

Stark Raving Sane
We've had a Cozmo (which is the same thing minus voice recognition) since last Christmas.

I think The Boy was at the right age for it. At 8 (now 9), the pre-built functions and games keep him entertained. He's developing an interest in the programming side of it, so I'm hoping the interest lasts another year or two while he gets into that.

It is adorable, I grant it that. What does it do? Nothing, really. It's not the point of it. :)

I thought there was some worries about Vector using some cloud storage that may cease to exist in future? I know the Cozmo's data is all local.
 

Thaw

Aye like, so it is.
My mate Mark worked on this for Anki. He did the 'emotion engine' and the SDK development. It was supposed to be something you could program to do whatever you wanted (like a cute raspberry pi for robotics) but they ended up just making it more of a toy and then a mobile version of Alexa. So he buggered off to work on the new Bioshock instead.
 

TopCat

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My mate Mark worked on this for Anki. He did the 'emotion engine' and the SDK development. It was supposed to be something you could program to do whatever you wanted (like a cute raspberry pi for robotics) but they ended up just making it more of a toy and then a mobile version of Alexa. So he buggered off to work on the new Bioshock instead.
Vector definitely has anger issues.
 

8ball

Having a teeny break
Get one of those and one of these and you've covered all bases with change in your pocket.
Also sold (with minor design differences) in Soviet Russia where it was called "Электроника ИМ-11". Actually a clone, not the same company.

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Электроника ИМ-11 translates roughly as "My Daddy is a Senior Party Official".
 
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