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 Caveat: This Wiki is tragically unmaintained (april 2022), please see [[https://vector.thedroidyouarelookingfor.info|my articles in the blog instead]]. But a lot of information here is still quite useful! Caveat: This Wiki is tragically unmaintained (april 2022), please see [[https://vector.thedroidyouarelookingfor.info|my articles in the blog instead]]. But a lot of information here is still quite useful!
  
-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|Updates]].+I am trying to collect some information here that is useful for owners of one or more Vector robots. 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|Updates]].
  
 Please bear with me if you find typos and superfluous commas, english is not my first language. :)  Please bear with me if you find typos and superfluous commas, english is not my first language. :) 
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 At the end of 2019 [[https://www.digitaldreamlabs.com/|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 [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitaldreamlabs/vector-unleashed?lang=de|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. <del>You still are able to buy lifetime access on their [[https://www.digitaldreamlabs.com/pages/post-kickstarter|official website]] for a limited time).</del> At the end of 2019 [[https://www.digitaldreamlabs.com/|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 [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitaldreamlabs/vector-unleashed?lang=de|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. <del>You still are able to buy lifetime access on their [[https://www.digitaldreamlabs.com/pages/post-kickstarter|official website]] for a limited time).</del>
  
-It is now 2022 and two years after the successful most of the promises DDL made are not reality. Escape Pod is in a state I would describe as "beta" and it still is missing functions as knowledge graph and weather. With the latest update they even broke their own extension engine that made it possible to interface with it. Since they do not provide documentation or changelogs worth the name, 3rd party developers have a hard time adapting their apps to DDL's changes. OSKR, the **O**pen **S**ource **K**it for **R**obots, is in a very sorry state with nearly no updates for over a year and documentation is nearly nonexistent. The new firmwares 1.7 and 1,8 removed sounds the users loved and created problems, for example that Vecor has a way harder time to find back to his charger than with 1.6. The SDK was never updated by DDL for the new firmwares. Vector 2.0, an updated version of the robot with a better camera and changeable battery, could be preordered since end of 2020 and should have been delivered in may 2021. It is nowhere to be seen until today (april 12th 2022, nearly a year later, no delivery date) because of multiple problems that should have been solved during the QA process. So it is true to say that Digital Dream Labs underperformed and underperforms in almost every aspect regarding Vector.+It is now april 2022 and two years after the successful crowdfunding on Kickstarter [[https://vector.thedroidyouarelookingfor.info/2022/04/05/vector-the-real-state-of-robotics/|most of the promises DDL made are not reality]]. Escape Pod is in a state I would describe as "beta" and it still is missing functions as knowledge graph and weather. With the latest update they even broke their own extension engine that made it possible to interface with it to provide missing functionality via external means. Since they do not provide documentation or changelogs worth the name, 3rd party developers have a hard time adapting their apps to DDL's changes. OSKR, the **O**pen **S**ource **K**it for **R**obots, is in a very sorry state with nearly no updates for over a year and documentation is nearly nonexistent. The new firmwares 1.7 and 1,8 removed sounds the users loved and created problems, for example that Vector has a way harder time to find back to his charger than with 1.6. The SDK was never updated by DDL for the new firmwares. Vector 2.0, an updated version of the robot with a better camera and changeable battery, could be preordered since end of 2020 and should have been delivered in may 2021. It is nowhere to be seen until today (april 12th 2022, nearly a year later, no delivery date) because of multiple problems that should have been solved during the QA process. So it is true to say that Digital Dream Labs underperformed and underperforms in almost every aspect regarding Vector. Despite all that failure [[https://vector.thedroidyouarelookingfor.info/2022/03/27/another-cash-grab-ddl-increases-vector-subscription-prices-dramatically/|they raised the monthly subscription prices ridiculously]].
  
 Personally I do not think this is a scam, I think it's incompentence and a team that is way too small to manage all of Anki's legacies. Personally I do not think this is a scam, I think it's incompentence and a team that is way too small to manage all of Anki's legacies.
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 ===== OSKR - Open Source Kit for Robots Section ===== ===== 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.+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. Update: This still is true in april 2022, two years later.
  
   * [[oskr|OSKR]]   * [[oskr|OSKR]]
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   * [[https://www.digitaldreamlabs.com/|Digital Dream Labs Website]]   * [[https://www.digitaldreamlabs.com/|Digital Dream Labs Website]]
-  * [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnkiVector/|Official Facebook Group]] (with official announcement about the crowdfunding)+  * [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnkiVector/|Official Facebook Group]] (with official announcements about the crowdfunding, nowadays mostly useless, since DDL kickbans people by the myriads for just asking support questions or voicing criticism) 
 +  * [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/843458392741466|Independent Vector Owners]] - an independent Facebook group without DDL censorship
   * [[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anki.vector&hl=de|official Vector app for Android]]   * [[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anki.vector&hl=de|official Vector app for Android]]
   * [[https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vector-robot/id1433999065|official Vector App for iOS]] (Apple iPhone and iPad)   * [[https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vector-robot/id1433999065|official Vector App for iOS]] (Apple iPhone and iPad)
  
 +  * [[https://randym32.github.io/Anki.Vector.Documentation/|Vector Wiki by Randall Maas and others]] - very insightful informations on multiple Vector topics
   * [[https://github.com/anki/vector-python-sdk|Anki Vector SDK 6.x.x download]] (last official) on GitHub   * [[https://github.com/anki/vector-python-sdk|Anki Vector SDK 6.x.x download]] (last official) on GitHub
   * [[https://developer.anki.com/vector/docs/index.html|Anki Vector SDK documentation]]   * [[https://developer.anki.com/vector/docs/index.html|Anki Vector SDK documentation]]
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   * [[https://weekendrobot.com/|weekendrobot.com]] by Wayne Venables, home of Vector Explorer (for Windows), his .NET SDK and other useful tools   * [[https://weekendrobot.com/|weekendrobot.com]] by Wayne Venables, home of Vector Explorer (for Windows), his .NET SDK and other useful tools
   * [[https://codaris.github.io/Anki.Vector.SDK/|Anki Vector .NET SDK documentation]]   * [[https://codaris.github.io/Anki.Vector.SDK/|Anki Vector .NET SDK documentation]]
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 +  * [[https://cyb3rdog.github.io/Cyb3rVector/|Cyb3rVector]] - Windows tool by Cyb3rdog to control Vector from a desktop computer or laptop, partially broken by the Escape Pod update to 1.8.x
 +  * [[https://github.com/cyb3rdog/|Cyb3rdog's Github repositories]] - more Vector-related projects by Cyb3rdog
  
   * [[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aktuna.anki.vector&hl=de|Vector CTRL]], unofficial Android app that allows more control and additional settings and features than the official app   * [[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aktuna.anki.vector&hl=de|Vector CTRL]], unofficial Android app that allows more control and additional settings and features than the official app
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 ===== Anki Servers ===== ===== Anki Servers =====
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 +As you can see on some of the the autogenerated information is missing. that is because DDL changed something undocumented, these are the old Anki servers and some of them are no longer correct.
  
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