Anki

  • 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

  • Anki Will Ship The Second Generation Of Its Robotic Slot Cars On September 20

    Anki Will Ship The Second Generation Of Its Robotic Slot Cars On September 20

    Think of Anki Overdrive as slot cars for the smartphone age. With upgrades, achievements and characters, it’s a perfect marriage of smartphones with physical toys. The system debuted two years ago and the company has steadily upgraded the system since. But today, the company revealed the ship date and price of its next generation product, Anki Overdrive. Anki debuted the Overdrive… Read More

  • Anki Drive Comes To Android, Drops In Price To $149.99

    Anki Drive Comes To Android, Drops In Price To $149.99

    Anki Drive, the slot-car racing game for the mobile era, is finally launching on Android and dropping in price just in time for the holiday shopping season. Sometime in October, Anki Drive shed its iOS exclusivity and will launch on Android and work with select Android phones. Available today, the Starter Kit now costs just $149.99 from Anki.com, and it will be available at Amazon, Apple… Read More