Good robots will not die, they will only sell their assets to the highest bidder. After Anki imploded prematurely, Digital Dream Labs cleaned the IP there, which dates back to 2019. The Pittsburgh-based edtech company originally planned to restart Vector and Cozmo sometime in 2020 and launched a Kickstarter campaign in March last year.
The company eventually raised $1.8 million on the crowdfunding website, and today announced plans for a late restart provided by the new publisher.
"There is a huge demand for these robots," CEO Jacob Hanchar said in a press release. "This partnership will complement our team's work to relaunch these products and will ensure that Cozmo and Vector will be available for the holidays."
I have no doubt that many people are looking for robots that let them do it. Cozmo, in particular, was well received and sold quite well-but in the end (despite a lot of funding), the company could not avoid the fate of many robotics startups.After reintroducing these machines, their appearance will be fascinating. Anki has invested huge resources in making them come alive, including hiring former Pixar and DreamWorks employees to make the robots more realistic. In order to give the robot a unique personality, people have done a lot of thinking. For example, the new owner of Vector is making the robot open source. At the same time, Cozmo will have programmable functions through the company's applications.For a company like Sphero, this must be an interesting event for the STEM market. It has become a rather crowded space, but at least Anki's new owner is building on a solid foundation of the charming and emotionally complex toy robot created by their predecessor.