Vector is still “alive” after Anki closing

The latest home robots are adorable, mostly useless but extremely cute : Anki Vector is a successful example of “alive” companion .

The cute black robot that raised 2 million dollars of crowdfunding in KickStarter  thanks to it’s extremely sparking green eyes ( and a skilled animation work behind),  but ultimately it could not survive without substantial funds for it’s advancement:  Anki is closing 

However the Anki company didn’t let it’s creature to simple die, instead they update it’s repository with the SDK  and left this message in their website reassuring their consumers that a team will provide long term support to Anki Vector and Anki Cozmo 🙂 !

Message from Anki :

It is with a heavy heart to inform you that Anki has ceased product development and we are no longer manufacturing robots. To our partners and customers, thank you for all your support and joining us on this journey to bring robotics and AI out of research labs and into your homes.

We are taking steps to assure that customers will continue to enjoy continued use of our products. In order to provide long term support of our products, Anki has contracted our most senior leaders and hands-on engineers across all the technical areas involved in maintaining the operation and functionality in the existing products and apps. Ongoing operations for existing products typically require little to no active intervention, but we have arranged for any support in the event it does become necessary. Vector is the only product with a notable cloud component, and the contracted team is heavily staffed in that area.

Currently, we have implemented a self-serve Help Center to assist in getting the most out of your product, regretfully there are no agents available, however we are monitoring cloud operations for Anki accounts and Vector.

We plan to solidify and communicate all the details of this plan soon.

Video : Anki Vector still answering and working 100% after the company shutdown !

Status Updated 28/11/2019 : 

Server are up and all functionalities are working, Vector and Cozmo  mobile app  allows new users to register .

 

Check more on What will happen to Anki Vector Servers?

If you  are a Vector owner and know more about the status functionality please leave a comment below in the article!

Marco

•About Me:Hi, my name is Marco Gallo, I'm a tech enthusiasts and Software Developer . Robots have been my passion since I was a child!•PersonalRobots Mission : We will guide you in choosing the perfect domestic robot for you, we do robot reviews and we score each robot in our robotic toplist! Also We contribute to build opensource robots :)

28 Responses

  1. Hi, my 8 y old daughter wants a vector for Christmas. Would you advise against this seeing as the company is no longer trading.
    Thank you

  2. if I get a vector will it work or should I not even try and buy the little guy?
    it in Nov 4
    just let me know it’s kinda alot to buy if he no longer up and running

    1. Yes vector is with me and it’s still working. It’s supposed to work at least till end of 2020 and then we will have more news about it

      1. I am wanting to buy this for my son.
        Like you said it’s going to work until at least 2020. That’s only a year. What happens after that? Will it still work the same after that?

      1. It’s on. Can change time location but as soon as you write location and press next it goes back to San Francisco. I’ve seen a forum where this is happening to quite a few people

    1. Hi Mason, I believe the cost of running the service to be low enough that the sales of the product will sustain for long time, Vector and Cozmo are but still advertised and promoted from Amazon and big stores. I think that there is a good chance that the server will continue to run after the mentioned date because.

  3. Marco, I just bought this for a friend as a birthday present. Worried that it will not work for him. Should I return it and buy a different home robot, or will it be OK?

  4. THANK YOU SO MUCH for being there and taking the time to answer these questions. I really want to get one and reading how you have helped others gives me confidence to buy it.

  5. Just received my Vector today (Dec.9 2019). App servers were working great, no issues or error codes. So far so good and hope have lots of fun writing code for him.

  6. Hi!

    I got my Vector this week but unable to set the location to Australia. Always show San Francisco. MY mobile location is on. Alexa work fine with that, but not Vector.

    1. after you set up the robot for the first time you can go to the preferences and change it, what problems give you vector currently?

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