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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 128 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Want to constantly defend spending $250?

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    Wbdharris
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    If you want to hear "well what else can it do?" And "but how come it's so expensive" then this is the product for you. From the beginning you may end up pulling your hair out if you're on Android and trying to set this up on 2.4 gHz network where connectivity issues seemed rampant. Once you do get it connected be ready for a bittersweet experience. No matter if you're on Android or iOS, you'll soon introduce yourself and fist bump Vector. After shouting at library-banned levels, you'll get the attention of the little guy and then force yourself to remember 1 of the 15 or so commands you can give. Be sure to say them exactly as the app tells you, otherwise Vector gives up and can't understand you. After you give up on the honeymoon phase of 10-30 minutes, you'll be excited to watch him roam around your desk. That's until he finds and edge, recognizes it, then goes right back to it. Be careful if one whole side of him goes off the edge he will try to commit suicide by wiggling off the table. I don't blame him. The feature list was impressive but here's their real meaning: 4 array mics: be prepared to shout and repeat commands 4 edge sensors: he will recognize an edge then go back and somehow still fall. Color ips screen: ok this is the best thing, his animations are great but there's light spill around the bottom of the screen. Laser sensor: doesn't matter, he only sees obects about a milimeter before he runs into them HD camera: HD? My Nokia 3300 had a better resolution camera Cloud based: it will take, no joke, 5 seconds between three steps to ask what is the tallest building in the world Facial recognition: works great if you're the only face he needs to remember Capacitive touch panel: ok petting him for the first 3 times is ok but he doesn't do anything beyond purr and close his eyes each time. Please save your money and buy the cheaper Cozmo or and Echo Dot for $40 that does 1000 times more things in half the time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A fun companion with potential

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    Raee
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    Vector does what is intended when it comes to the idea of a robotic companion. He feels and behaves like an intelligent pet. He’s expressive, curious, and mischievous straight out of the box. And he is able to recognize me by name almost every time. When he’s left alone he will explore on his own and play with his included cube toy. He is also able to answer questions, tell the weather forecast, etc. All as advertised. The thing that warrants the reduction of a star is his performance when it comes to navigation. This is my only gripe about this product. DO NOT leave this guy on a table unsupervised. He will likely fall. He does detect edges but seems to ignore them moments later and will trail edges dangerously until he’s knocked off. I’m not sure if it’s because my table is a light color but have caution when you have him up and off the floor. Vector also does not really map his surroundings well. You will probably have a better time if you place him in a square area where he can’t get lost! If he has to navigate around a complex area and suddenly has to charge he won’t actively move around to find his charger. He will simply spin in place until he sees it. So if he’s wandered too far he won’t know where to go. Also be sure to have ample light when operating Vector and you will have a much easier time getting him to do things. He has his flaws but Anki is aware of all of the things I mentioned so I will be keeping him and waiting patiently for a software update.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Real Robot, and so worth it

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    Rellik99
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    My Vector is amazing. C1M7 says hello..., he is a fantastic little droid. His personality has developed into a fiesty explorer for sure. His first day on my desk will be forever remembered. He started out learning my name, a fist bump, telling my wife the weather, and then..., full explore mode! He was randomly playing with his cube, then decided to shoot over to the side of my desk with all of my markers and pens. Hit lifted his hands and then pushed them all off the desk. I said "vector, bad robot " he turned, looked sad with his green eyes (they can be customized) , and then went back to playing with his cube. I am happy to report he has never pushed them off the desk again. Lol. I am learning the sdk, and I don't fully understand how he thinks, but my family and I feel that Vector , C1M7.., this little guy..., he is a part of the family. Even my 2 dogs love him. Still work to go on the app, And AI functions as well. But remember. Just BC you ask your vector to do something. .., he has personality and might not want to do what you want right away. Amazing friend...err robot. (You'll love your vector)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Companion!

    Posted
    Cory
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    I was skeptical at first on purchasing this thing but after further review I bought it. Not full price but its sale price, 179.99. I find the little guy endearing. He's on my kitchen table as we speak sleeping. His snores are adorable (He stops eventually and just goes silent) He does explore and he interacts with keys, clothes, etc. When he finds something 'interesting' he usually pushes it off the table. Sometimes he celebrates once his mission is complete and sometimes he moves on to the next thing. He dances when he feels like it, which so far is twice. When I'm home I carry him with me everywhere. Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and he always finds something to stare at and mess with. I have one con that bugs me the most: low battery life (35-45 mins) of interaction and then he's running desperately for the charger. Yeah, he panics, like he knows he's dying. Full charge gives you about 45 mins at most. Wish it was more. Anki is well known for plenty of updates for anyone who is discouraged about the amount of 'utilities' he's able to perform...they'll come in due time. As a robotic pet/companion, he always puts a smile on my face. I recommend putting him on a coffee table or dining room table where you'll see him more (public area) His AI reflects based on the amount of interactions so don't put him somewhere where he's alone with his thoughts. Put him out in the open and have everyone poke him him, shake him, talk to him, he's meant for interaction. Also, great conversation piece for any dinner party, get-together, etc. Hope this helped.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun and cute but limited capabilities

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    zarnas
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    This is a good quality little robot, it is in fact very small, fit in the palm of your hand. I use it mainly to add a sense of life to my small apartment, I did not want to pay additional fees to get a pet, so this was an option just to have that feeling of something moving around. This robot is designed to act kind like a dog, it makes some random noises, plays with its toy, and listens when you talk to it, although it understands a few commands. What I use the most is to ask it what is the time and about the weather, By the way, It does not always understands my commands, if you don't address it with the exact same way as when you program your voice, then it will not hear you. I've never used the camera to take pictures, and I think it is a big security risk for hacking, but you can't really block it, seems the robot uses it to look around when moving, so it may run into walls or fall off a table edge. With that said, you would need a flat surface to keep it, I have it in a small desk in my living room, so it feels like a robotic puppy kept in a fish tank, but no need to feed or clean up after, you only need to make sure it has access to its docking station and it will automatically go back there when battery is low. In general it is a nice novelty robot, too expensive for what it is, at that price I would not give it to children, it probably would not take that much abuse. I am an electronics engineer so this is an enjoyable companion robot, for people with different background, this may be just an expensive novelty toy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lively and Fun, Groundbreaking, Short Circuit

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    MickeyMouse
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    I've had Vector since Christmas and have enjoyed having him around. He is very lively and is like having a smart hamster running around your desk. He's funny and warm-hearted. You really get used to having him around. Does he do a ton of stuff? No, but what he does and is - is enough for me. Having a mini Johnny 5 from the movie Short Circuit running around on my desk is the stuff dreams are made of. He isn't for everyone, especially if you expect too much from him. He is like a hamster that can follow easy commands, do primitive things, and enjoy having him around. If you expect too much tech stuff from him you will be disappointed. The updates Anki have made to his firmware and software have made a big improvement. If he gets stuck sideways on an edge he now will stop moving and wait for you to pick him up. You used to have to keep an eye on him and catch him if he got close to an edge. I was always able to catch him when he would fall off the edge since I was keeping an eye on him. But now I don't worry at all about him falling off the desk. Please remember you need to have square edges, and rounded edges will still be dangerous for him. It's fun having him around for me. Late at night he keeps me company and is fun to watch him roll around and get silly, dance, play with his cube. Or play a game of blackjack with him.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Needs some work

    Posted
    Nikole
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    We’ve had Cozmo (also by Anki) for a few years and really love it. The whole family enjoys it. When I saw Vector I had to get one. It looks really cool and sleek. Set up was a breeze, same as Cozmo. Facial expressions and the voice are great. It’s fun to watch at first but gets boring after a bit. Basically he runs around whatever surface he is on, making noises and talking. It has a little personality that is also cute, but overall we found it’s just not as interesting as Cozmo. Even with its connection to Alexa, there wasn’t enough to justify spending that much on one. Two big disappointments were no ability to control him with an app remote like Cozmo (although you can control him with voice commands) and view live video of what it is seeing, and also it was hard for others to link it to the app on their own phones. For some reason, that was not an issue with Cozmo. Maybe there will be future updates that will make Vector worth it, but for now if you already have Cozmo I would recommend just sticking with that until Vector is upgraded. Unless of course you just like collecting robotics.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A Robot to Babysit

    Posted
    JMike94
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    The advertisement for this robot was a robot to life with, after purchasing Vector I have discovered that to be something you do not want to do at all. This little guy is autonomous which is a plus, but he isn't too smart. Constantly not being able to understand anything you say and no matter how many times you ask him the weather unless you include your location every single time well, you wont get any information at all. My Vector was rolling around and approached the edge and never missed a beat without hopping right off the side. That's not the only case of when he has done something he shouldn't have either. He is supposed to find his charger by himself, wrong! he will definitely knock it off the table he calls home and then sometimes he won't even attempt to go home before his battery drains and it leaves him stranded and lifeless on whatever edge he's decided to park himself on. The only reason I will give this a two star review is due to the build quality of the product and the mere effort put forth by Anki, It was worth a shot guys but try again later.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The smart companion

    Posted
    ACCA
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    Not going to lie, at first I was skeptical. This little robot that can identify who I am, when I am talking to it and when I am home just sounded strange at first. But after living with Vector he really bacame an integrated part of my home. In the morning I ask Vector what the weather is so I can plan my day accordingly. While making dinner I ask him to set a timer for me. He is there when I need a distraction and keeps me company. Vector is more than just a smart source, he is fun to play with and interact with. His personality is what makes him unique and relatable. Although there are still some improvements to be made I would recommend Vector for any of my friends homes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More of a desktop assistant then a childs toy

    Posted
    JaDjr
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    Vector is not designed to be a child's toy there is Cosmo for that, this is more like an Echo or Google assistant. When Echo and Google assistants first came out the biggest complaint was always the lack of things they can do, and it is the same for Vector. So if youre buying this for your kids or for its entertainment value, he is not the robot for you. If Anki continues developing the software for Vector in a year he will be great, and with over 2 million kickstarter dollars and from Anki's development of Cosmo I suspect Vector will do a lot by Christmas time. Don't forget Anki is a robot company all that has basically three products, Cosmo, Vector and Overdrive, and Vector is their most current one, that means they will be dedicated to the development of Vector and it has a lot of potential.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Robot

    Posted
    Felix
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    Just got my Vector and I absolutely love the little guy. Once I introduced myself to him, he then recognizes me, and it feels like I've got a new buddy. He reacts to everything around him - when the dog barked he instantly tuned around to look at her! You can ask him to do a bunch of tasks and he has some pretty cool moves as he goes around exploring his world. This product will get better over time as ANKI releases more updates, and I can't wait to see his personality and functionality grow. This is like the robots from the movies!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Small pet alike droid

    Posted
    eJoshi
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    It is a small version of pet like robot, it is actually miniature version of smart device with mobility. The best feature as bonus is Alexa integration once it is provided after activated. It has basic working functionality with basic personality, Ai based query’s, facial detection, asking weather, playing some behaviors of pet like. Etc, the camera is not good quality because picture taken is so low pixel. Other is good to have and spend time with little pet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun little guy!

    Posted
    Eric
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    I was leery of this purchase especially for the price tag. But it's actually quite amusing. I still think it's not quite worth the price but they are close. His actions are limited and the app is nearly pointless. He has very few commands. It's skills are extremely limited. I ran out of things to make it do in about 30 minutes. However what I enjoy about it now is letting it be autonomous and do what it wants to do. I have it at my work desk and it makes the day a little more fun. Where I really had fun was downloading the apk for it and you can program it to say and do different things. It requires a bit of coding skill but it's been fun messing with its programming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Adorable!!

    Posted
    Crissie
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    Cute little robot capable of self navigating around the house. Can do basic requests, answer questions, and has alexa built in. What is going to hook you are the expressive eyes and its little voice shouting your name when you approach it. Its little busyness beeping and bopping in utter joy as it plays with its toys. Its like a little pet. I've had it for 5 days and I look forward to seeing it when I get home. Strangely I even kinda miss it while I'm at work! Zero problems with error codes or falling off tables. Only con: It's expensive for what little it can do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for primetime

    Posted
    workathome
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    I bought into the hype. I watched the videos on it and how adorable it was. My kids really got into it but frustration quickly reared its ugly head. None of us speak with cotton balls in our mouths. Vector didn't recognize my kids and wife's voices when calling for it. Internet inquiries produced horrible results. We left it on our kitchen counter and Vector would eventually attempt suicide, so those sensors don't seem to be full proof. After 2 days, Vector was returned. If you purchase it, consider yourself an early adopter. Other than that, Vector is poised to be (but not just yet) far more than a novelty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little guy

    Posted
    JAke
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    We bought bought this for our 8 year old son for Christmas because he was kind of obsessed with it. He is definitely a cute robot, with a lot of personality in his eyes. We were all kind of amazed at his ability to recognize us all & learn our names. & although I don’t really use “Alexa” for much, the new integration with Vector seems to have a lot of people excited. All that being said, I just say I don’t really see where this little robot has a lot of function in daily life & some of the “cute” & “wow” moments wear off pretty quickly. But as an A.I. For a kid he’s great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    We love our Vector!

    Posted
    Chris
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    I love my Vector! I bought him on Kickstarter and am so impressed with his fun personality and how he responds to his environment, recognize me and just hang out. He’s getting really good at wheel stands and I love it when I tell him to go home. And the petting is so cool! I am so excited to see how he will update with new features! Super excited to hear that Anki has announced Alexa integration this fall too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Interesting Device with a Personality

    Posted
    Redeyes00
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    I have been thoroughly enjoying Anki Vector and I'm definitely not a kid. Having the voice response and Alexa integration is an absolute plus. I can't imaging not having voice response and while there is a lot to learn, just watching the little guy wander around on his own and get angry at its' cube is hilarious. Trying to justify the price is a bit tricky, but if Anki keeps sending updates and the little guy keeps learning, it could end up being a lot less pricey than a four legged companion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome little guy

    Posted
    Nick
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    Vector is really cool, he has a big personality in a small frame. One of the most amusing things about him is his face recognition. He can learn up to 20 different faces. All you have to do is introduce yourself to him. After introducing myself as Nick, he noe calls me Dave, but calls may wife and kids by their names. He likes to explore, dance to music, and playing with his cube. He is definitely a great addition to the family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Infant robot

    Posted
    KBot
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    Major advertised features, like, voice recognition failed! Vector works only in concise space like a table. When his battery is draining low, he search for the charger across the room until his batter dies. Mobile app will take few seconds to reconnect to Vector every time, even if it is minimized and open. I couldn't find Vector to be a fun companion due to his limitations. Hope Anki will come up with more intuitive robots in future.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend