Mark Palatucci
Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer

Time to Race: Introducing Brand New Cars & Tracks and Race Mode – A Whole New Way to Play

When was the last time you bought a game or toy that actually got better with time? Well, Anki Drivers, buckle up. Because today, we’re making that happen. The racing game you’ve been enjoying for the past six months is about to get even more impressive.

We’re super excited to introduce a couple new cars with serious personality, two new tracks to expand your battlefield, and Race Mode, a whole new way to play Anki DRIVE. These are the features you’ve asked us for the most, so we know you’ll be excited too!

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Mark Williams
VP, Sales

Anki DRIVE Speeds Its Way Onto Amazon.com

Good news, racing fans! Anki DRIVE is now available at Amazon.com. Starting today, the Anki DRIVE Starter Kit and accessory cars are available for purchase on Amazon.com (with free 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members). They're also available at Anki.com, Apple.com, and in Apple retail stores (U.S. & Canada).

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Mark Palatucci
Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer

Announcing the Beta Release of the Anki SDK

Going back to the earliest days of Anki, one of the things that always excited Boris, Hanns, and me was the idea of taking the incredibly powerful science behind robotics and AI and making it accessible to millions of consumers. Anki DRIVE shows the power of adding intelligence and awareness to physical devices so they can interact with the world in a rich and meaningful way.

At the very core of the company is the fundamental technology that we've built - a combination of hardware and software that solves three of the fundamental problems in robotics: positioning, reasoning, and execution.

We’re thrilled at the response Anki DRIVE has received and would now like to invite you to join us in creating the future of consumer robotics.

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Mark Palatucci
Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer

Anki DRIVE Races into 2014 with New Support Items and Upgrades

Anki DRIVE has been on store shelves for just over two months and the reactions from kids, parents, grandparents and gamers alike has been incredible. People tell us they love interacting with each other, they love being away from a TV or computer screen, and most of all, they love that it’s fun. And that’s the heart of what we aim to do - make gameplay more fun.

Drivers like you have raced roughly 42 million laps around the Anki DRIVE track - the equivalent of doing the Monaco Grand Prix almost 540,000 times. The AI car hasn’t made it easy, either. When set to “hard,” the AI car has won 9 out of 10 times.

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Tami Bhaumik
VP, Marketing

The Best Toys of 2013 on Ellen

The moment I first saw Anki DRIVE in action, I knew it was going to be an instant hit with kids, families, dads and moms, as well as people who just love technology. After months of beta testing – and now hearing from customers who have experienced the world’s first video game in the real world for themselves – it’s safe to say that Anki DRIVE is a hit for the holidays!

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Boris Sofman
Ph.D.
Co-Founder, CEO

Secret Sauce Revealed: What’s Beneath the Track?

One of the most common questions we get about Anki DRIVE is, “How’d you do that?” What’s the magic?” We love seeing the curious faces of those trying to understand how the cars race so fast, so precisely, around a track without any physical barriers or obvious guide marks. We watch as people touch the track, lift it up and look under it, with awe and confusion trying to figure out if there’s something special about it.

If you strap on night vision goggles and look closely at the track, you’ll get a glimpse of how it works. But for those who want more explanation, I’ll share a little more about our secret sauce.

We’ve talked about the problems we solved with positioning, reasoning and execution – the three core areas of robotics that are so important to Anki DRIVE (and our future products). The track plays a critical role in our ability to achieve precise positioning and execution.

Beneath the Surface

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Boris Sofman
Ph.D.
Co-Founder, CEO

The Future of Consumer Robotics

October 23rd will be a huge milestone for Anki as we release Anki DRIVE into the world for the first time.

As exciting as this step is for us, we look at it as much more than just the launch of our first product. We see it as a key step in a massive new industry still in its infancy. We see Anki DRIVE as a milestone in consumer robotics, and a demonstration of how transformative robotics and artificial intelligence technologies can be to categories that have yet to be touched by them.

When one hears the term 'robotics', most imagine elements of science fiction, or possibly some painfully expensive equipment reserved for specialized applications hidden away in factories or labs. These stereotypes are certainly not unfounded. In the years that we spent in research and industry, the vast majority of projects focused on applications in defense, space, manufacturing, agriculture, or pure research. Consumer applications were often a distant goal.

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Hanns Tappeiner
Co-Founder, President

The Artful Intersection of Design and Technology in Anki DRIVE

When my co-founders and I were still in graduate school at the Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, we strove to create robots that were highly functional. Many of the systems that we and our colleagues worked on were amazing in their function and intelligence, but rarely was too much attention given to appearance and beautiful design.

At Anki, we firmly believe that design is critical, that the look and feel of the experience needs to be as beautifully designed as the technology behind it. As we work to bring artificial intelligence and robotics out of the labs and into people’s everyday lives, the design and the technology need to integrate seamlessly and complement each other at every step.

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Hanns Tappeiner
Co-Founder, President

Achieving Speed and Precision on the Anki DRIVE Track

Anki DRIVE cars are fast – very fast. Scaled to human speed, they’d blow past a brand-new sports car. In fact, they zoom around their tracks at a speed equivalent to a car flying down the freeway at 250 miles per hour, with a mere 1/10th inch of clearance on either side.

How, you might wonder? Anki DRIVE cars are highly engineered robots through and through, beautifully designed and packed with intelligent software that allows them to execute countless actions per second. But they’re more than that. They remind us of our wildest dreams: toy cars that have come to life and are alive.

To give you a better idea of how we’re able to achieve the high level of speed and precision that makes playing Anki DRIVE so exciting—and sometimes unexpected—let’s take a look under the hood.

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Mark Palatucci
Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer

How We’re Bringing Video Games to Life

You may have heard us talk about how we’re using robotics and artificial intelligence to “bring video games to life” by taking characters off the screen and putting them into the real world. But what exactly does that mean, and how did we achieve that? And more importantly, why?

Today we’re releasing Chapter Two of the Anki DRIVE app, which gives you a preview of one of the characters and a sample of the types of weapons and upgrades you’ll see in Anki DRIVE.

We like to think of Anki DRIVE as the best of video games, combined with the best of physical toys. That’s what makes Anki Drive more than just cars racing around a track – we’ve programmed those cars to become characters that interact with each other and evolve over time.

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