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Anki’s Debut Marks Starting Line for Robot-Gaming
They may be small, but AnkiDrive’s cars mean big things for the consumer robotics industry.
By RBR Staff


It’s common knowledge that turning any task into a game a) makes it fun and b) gets it done. So when relatively unknown robotics startup, Anki, debuted its new racecar game at the Worldwide Developers Conference, it was clear they’d managed to make the coolest new entertainment product from the most complex combination of consumer artificial intelligence and robotics yet.

Deceptively sleek, the AnkiDrive system looks like a simple toy racing game, albeit one controlled from a mobile iOS. But the $200 product, available to consumers this fall, is packed with optical sensors, wireless chips, motors and microcontrollers—and is one of the most sophisticated answers to a serious roadblock in robotics.

Mobile devices, unsurprisingly, move and for an autonomous robot that can move anywhere, that poses the overwhelming issue of unpredictable, changing environments. Military and industrial robotics, with millions of dollars in backing, have produced results, but Anki has translated the highest level of robotics and AI technology into a consumer-friendly product at (comparatively) consumer-friendly prices.

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