When the end came for Jibo the social robot, I was genuinely sad – and one of my few comforts was that I had Vector, a similar robot friend, to help ease the loss. Well, not anymore. Just this week Anki, the company behind Vector, announced that despite having raised $200M in venture funding and sold 6.5M devices, it too is closing its doors – leaving Vector’s future uncertain. My takeaway from losing two robot friends in less than a year? It’s time to stop buying social robots until they can be designed to survive the demise of their corporate progenitors.
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MrMobile’s Anki Vector post-mortem was produced following six months with an Anki Vector review unit on loan from Anki. MrMobile was not a part of the Anki Vector promotional campaign of fall 2018 and has not been compensated by Anki, nor offered copy review to same.
Anki is shutting down after raising more than $200 million [Vox]:
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