Some time ago, in a shrewd bit of marketing, the publishers of the Harry Potter books put out new editions with dark, stylish covers. This made the books look more adult and presumably sold an additional Brazilian copies. Anki has now applied this technique to its toy bulldozer robot Cozmo, to create Vector.
Vector appears to have been built using the same plastic injection moulds as Cozmo but now he’s black and metallic-black instead of white and red. More signi cantly, the smarts inside have been considerably upgraded, such that Vector is more like Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Home. The idea is that rather than having a faceless cylinder droning out your itinerary, Vector will instead zip around the joint being all cheerful and so forth. He’s online, so you can get answers to basic questions, weather for basic cities, a timer for basic times, and he also plays Blackjack for some reason.
Vector’s predecessor Cozmo is de nitely the most personable of all the expensive-toy-level robots we’ve tested, but he’s still very much a toy.