I Kind of Want This Tiny Robot to Control My Home

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Anki doesn’t think it’s cracked the code and developed the perfect robot to work at the centre of your smart home, but with Vector it feels it’s created a robot adorable enough, and smart enough, to tide you over until the future finally catches up with our desire.

If Vector looks familiar, it’s because the robot borrows its shape, and some of its mannerisms, from Anki’s last robopal: Cosmo. Two years ago, I developed an immediate fondness for a Cosmo, even as it made my dog so jealous he sat on it whenever I tried to play with it. The dog has since passed (RIP), and the robot, after my initial excitement waned, now collects dust sitting by the router.


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