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.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more
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 SurfaceRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Welcome to Anki. We’re thrilled you’re here. At Anki, our aim is to bring artificial intelligence (AI) into people’s everyday lives.
We’re passionate about AI and robotics, and we know these advanced technologies are more than just science fiction. We want to harness them, to interact with them, to be entertained by them, and use them to do things that have simply never been done before. We believe the time is right to bring AI out of robotics labs and research institutions and into life.
Five years ago, my co-founders and I sat around a kitchen table and dreamed up the idea of the Anki platform. Countless algorithms (admittedly, many failed attempts), late nights, napkin sketches, and prototypes later, we realized that we just might be onto something.Read more