Anki

  • Judah vs. the Machines: The race for prowess against a toy car

    In the latest installment of Judah vs. the Machines, Judah ventures down to Anki, a company combining augmented reality and artificial intelligence to entertain fans of racing games. Anki utilizes smartphone cameras and a dedicated app to recreate the imagery of racing battles happening on a real physical track in front of you. Read More

  • Anki brings ‘Fast & Furious’ branding to its Overdrive line of smart toy cars

    Anki brings ‘Fast & Furious’ branding to its Overdrive line of smart toy cars

    Before its adorable little robot Cozmo arrived on the scene, Anki was in the business of making smart toy cars. The hardware startup’s robotic race car line Overdrive is getting a pretty high profile promotional boost in the form one of the most profitable franchises in film history. In September, the company will be launching Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition, a racing kit… Read More

  • Anki’s Cozmo robot is a surprise hit, temporarily selling out ahead of the holidays

    Anki’s Cozmo robot is a surprise hit, temporarily selling out ahead of the holidays

    Looks like Anki’s may have a full-fledge holiday hit on its hands. The hardware startup, which first came to prominence when Apple demoed its Drive cars on-stage during a keynote a few years back, went all in on its latest offering Cozmo earlier this year. The plucky little robot is the result of a team of new hires from studios like Pixar and Dreamworks, effectively looking to build… Read More

  • Cozmo can now recognize pets and see in the dark

    Cozmo can now recognize pets and see in the dark

    When I last took Anki’s Cozmo for a spin, I introduced him to my rabbit, Lucy. Both parties seemed fairly uninterested by the whole interaction. And while I’m bummed that rabbits are nowhere to be found on the plucky little robot’s list of software upgrades, and some pet owners are getting a little love. Anki’s got a handful of new features coming to the ‘bot… Read More

  • Cozmo is an endearing little robot with growing up to do

    Cozmo and I are still getting to know each other. It’s been a few days and we’ve warmed to one another, sure, but there’s still a lot of work to be done and blocks to be stacked. I was there when he first woke up, shook himself awake and opened his big, bright eyes, tentatively rolling off his charging platform. Cozmo is an easy little robot to fall for. The Anki team has seen… Read More

  • Anki Overdrive keeps on truck’n

    Anki Overdrive keeps on truck’n

    Anki is adding large semi-trucks to its Overdrive game. This is clearly an attempt to breathe new life into the platform. And it works. The Supertrucks as they’re called add a new type of game mode and a bit of variety to the race car game. This is the first major update to Anki’s second generation game. The company launched its first game called Drive in 2013 and followed that up… Read More

  • Anki is opening Cozmo’s SDK to makers, developers and educators

    Anki is opening Cozmo’s SDK to makers, developers and educators

    We’re still a few months away from when Cozmo’s first set to open his Pixar-inspired eyes to the world, but Anki’s already revealing some big plans for its little robot, starting with a wide-scale launch of an SDK targeted at hackers, makers and researchers that will accompany his October launch. That’s the first of a three-phase rollout for the software development kit. Read More

  • Anki aims to bring a Pixar character to life with its plucky little robot

    “We went through 45 mechanical iterations of Cozmo,” explains Boris Sofman. “This was a huge, hugely complex problem of mechanical engineering, industrial design and character design. The goal to make a character that had the size, shape and capabilities, form factor and practicality of a character that wanted to do all that we could do.” The result is surprisingly small. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Lexus Hoverboard, Anki, And Bowling Central

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Lexus Hoverboard, Anki, And Bowling Central

    Happy Friday of a long weekend, everyone! To celebrate America’s Independence Day, we’ve chosen some extra fun topics for this week’s episode of the TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast. Lexus teased out a new hoverboard this week, because the world clearly isn’t weird enough yet. Anki is preparing to ship its second-generation robotic track cars very soon. And Bowling Central… Read More