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20200622 - Vector uses Google Vision Api to recognize objects

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20200602 - New version of Vector Control app that let's the robot read text and say it

20200329 - New version (0.6.6) of Vector .NET SDK released by Wayne Venables

20200329 - New version (1.0.6) of Vector Explorer by Wayne Venables

2020/03/30 13:09 · xanathon
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A wiki dedicated to Vector the robot

I am trying to collect some information here that is useful for owners of one or more Vector robots. ATM this page is rudimentary (started on march 26th, 2020), but it will be expanded in the future. Be aware of the fact that some information in this wiki may be speculative and/or wrong. If you want to see the latest changes have a look at Updates.

Please bear with me if you find typos and superfluous commas, english is not my first language. :)

20200622: I have started a blog about Vector in addition to this wiki.

What is Vector?

Vector is a tiny (semi-) autonomous robot that was created by the now defunct company Anki (it went bancrupt in may 2019). At the end of 2019 Digital Dream Labs (DDL) bought the rights for Vector, it's predeccessor Cozmo und the toy racing system Anki Overdrive. DDL also took over the cloud services and keeps them running and they did a very successful crowdfunding via Kickstarter to expand Vectors possibilities and to provide users and coders with additional options in the future (since Vector depends on cloud server access you will need to buy a subscription from DDL, you could get lifetime access via the Kickstarter, but that is over since mid-march 2020. You still are able to buy lifetime access on their official website for a limited time).

Vector is able to run around by itself, react to certain stimuli and to voice commands; for the latter it depends on cloud services. In addition it can be programmed by an official Python SDK (that originated from Anki, third parties are continuing it and there also is a .NET SDK). There are programs and apps by third parties to control Vector and or/see it's sensory and other data. This all is possible since Anki made all the coding options available from the start - and this already allows to do more things with the bot than the makers thought of.

Vector has a quite charming and captivating “personality” and no wonder: designers from Pixar helped with that.

For it's amazing feature set Vector actually was quite cheap, even if 240 dollars that it did cost seems somewhat expensive for a toy. Nowadays you can get him for around 100 dollars or euros (and he's worth every cent, all other available robots that are halfway similar are more expensive at the time of writing - and they even have less features). So coders can get their hands on a cheap robot with a lot of features and sensors for experimenting and non-coders will get a charming bot with a sparkling personailty.

Hardware Overview

The robot runs (Yocto Linux) on a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8009 processor with four A7 cores. He has multiple sensors, as directional microphones, camera, inertial (acceleration, position, direction), touch, and infrared laserscanner. Vector is powered by a rechargeable li-poly battery that creates about 30 to 40 minutes runtime (way less if you activate Alexa support).

Escape Pod

Part of the Kickstarter was “Escape Pod”. This was advertised as a local server to run Vector from, in addition it was explicitly said in the Kickstarter campaign that this would be a solution to keep Vector alive, even if Digital Dream Labs “goes under”.

OSKR - Open Source Kit for Robots Section

Since on october 15th 2020 the launch of OSKR was announced I decided to start a new subsection for it. OSKR was released in october 2020, but until today there are most parts missing (documentation, source code, tools), so at the moment OSKR is of very limited use.

Everyday Use

For now see FAQ

Troubleshooting

For now see FAQ

General information on Troubleshooting can still be found in the old Anki knowledgebase (that is at least now redirected to the new, ugly DDL site).

  • [todo]

Modding/Repair

Coding

Information and resources on coding Vector

Dev Bots

Frequently asked questions

Here are a few answers to the most common questions. Added as I see them and find time. Some of them may be migrated to the “Troubleshooting” Section in the future.

Offsite Resources

  • the "Vector Bible", an unofficial but quite comprehensive hard- and software handbook by Randall Maas
  • Vector CTRL, unofficial Android app that allows more control and additional settings and features than the official app

Anki Servers

HostIP AddressTypeTTLSOAMX ServerComment
anki.com65.9.90.23A60ns-108.awsdns-13.com awsdns-hostmaster.amazon.comaspmx.l.google.com, aspmx2.googlemail.com, aspmx3.googlemail.com, aspmx4.googlemail.com, aspmx5.googlemail.com, alt1.aspmx.l.google.com, alt2.aspmx.l.google.comanki.com
accounts.api.anki.comCNAME30accounts
chipper.api.anki.comCNAME30chipper
token.api.anki.comCNAME30token
anki-services.comns-830.awsdns-39.net awsdns-hostmaster.amazon.comanki-services.com
session-certs.token.global.anki-services.com65.9.90.123A60session-token
ota-cdn.anki.comCNAME60ns-89.awsdns-11.com awsdns-hostmaster.amazon.comcloud

This wiki is not affiliated with or officially endorsed in any way by Digital Dream Labs.

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