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Anki is harnessing robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to bring to life consumer products with unprecedented level of intellect and interactive capabilities. The company is committed to creating consumer experiences using cutting-edge technologies that were once confined to robotics labs and research institutes.
Anki’s first product, Anki DRIVE, premiered at Apple’s WWDC 2013 as a unique battle-racing experience that blends the world of robotics, toys and videogames, and introduced a whole new level of physical play.
In 2015, Anki took the original concept of DRIVE and improved on it in every single way to launch Anki OVERDRIVE. The new system allows players to control robotic Supercars using their mobile devices and race against friends, family or AI-powered commanders. Players are also able to expand their battlefield by adding expansion pieces that snap together quickly via magnets. Anki Drive was named one of “The 25 Best Inventions of 2013” by Time magazine.
In Oct. 2016, Anki announced its second groundbreaking product, Cozmo. Powered by advanced robotics, AI and computer vision, Cozmo is one of the most sophisticated consumer robots available today. Smarts aside, Cozmo’s heart and soul rests in his emotion engine, which evolves as you develop a bond. He’s brought to life with complex facial expressions, a host of emotions, and his own emotive language. His dynamic soundtrack matches his mood and corresponds with the games and activities.
Cozmo is constantly scanning his environment and recognizes people while reacting to emotions. His eyes light up when he sees a familiar face. Cozmo is a pioneer for the idea of physical characters coming to life. No other consumer robot on the market can do what Cozmo does.
Both Anki OVERDRIVE and Cozmo have received an overwhelmingly positive response from consumers. According to The NPD Group, the products were two of the top four best-selling premium toys ($75+) for the past holiday season (Oct. leading up to Christmas).
The company received $50 million in Series A and Series B venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, and Two Sigma. Marc Andreessen and Danny Rimer serve on the company’s board. In his personal blog, Andreessen called Anki “the best robotics startup I have ever seen.”
With Anki OVERDRIVE and Cozmo, Anki is providing entertaining interactions and an emotional connection that’s never been possible between human and robot. Developed by a multidisciplinary team of PhD roboticists, world-class animators, renowned game developers, and a lead designer of the Batmobile, Anki’s products present a major leap forward in the future of play at the intersection of film, toys, video games, and robotics.
Robots with comparable capabilities are typically found in research labs for thousands of dollars and stand several feet tall. For Cozmo, Anki also introduced a software development kit (SDK), which can be used in industries ranging from entertainment to academia, and teach robotics, coding and other skills in an accessible way.
Boris Sofman, Ph.D., Co-Founder & CEO
Mark Palatucci, Ph.D., Co-Founder & CPO
Hanns Tappeiner, Co-Founder & President
Patrick De Neale, VP, Business Development & Corporate Strategy
Tami Bhaumik, VP, Marketing
Gabriel Hebert, VP, Operations
Mark Williams, VP, Sales