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Vector is a companion made to hang out and help out. Powered by ai and advanced robotics, he's alive with personality and engaged by sight, sound, and touch. Vector can independently navigate and self-charge. He recognizes people and avoids obstacles. Offer valid while promotion last - Discombobulated

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Amazon [amazon.com] has the Anki Vector Smart Home Robot Companion w/ Alexa on sale for $86.50 + Free Shipping w/ Prime.


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Got this for my 6yr old son two years ago and he played with it for 3 days and then it went on a shelf never to get played with again. Complete waste of money. YMMV
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That means there's a guy that used to work at Anki that's kinda keeping an eye on it in his spare time. Don't expect any sort of product support.

It's a shame, because this was an amazing piece of technology that was never able to get to a "Sphero" level of adoption by consumers. They had a great product and the distribution muscle with partners like Wal-Mart, so I'm not sure where it failed along the way.

I've played with it and it's very, very fun. I wouldn't look at this deal as "product support may end," but instead as, "this may be the last chance to get one of these before they disappear."
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This part worries me about its usefulness for more than a few months:

While Anki has ceased product development and manufacturing, Anki has stated that it will provide long term support to maintain the operation and functionality in the existing products and apps. A self-serve Help Center to assist in getting the most out of your product has been implemented by Anki. Regretfully there are no agents available but Anki has indicated that they will be monitoring cloud operations for Anki accounts and Vector.
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This part worries me about its usefulness for more than a few months:

While Anki has ceased product development and manufacturing, Anki has stated that it will provide long term support to maintain the operation and functionality in the existing products and apps. A self-serve Help Center to assist in getting the most out of your product has been implemented by Anki. Regretfully there are no agents available but Anki has indicated that they will be monitoring cloud operations for Anki accounts and Vector.
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This part worries me about its usefulness for more than a few months:

While Anki has ceased product development and manufacturing, Anki has stated that it will provide long term support to maintain the operation and functionality in the existing products and apps. A self-serve Help Center to assist in getting the most out of your product has been implemented by Anki. Regretfully there are no agents available but Anki has indicated that they will be monitoring cloud operations for Anki accounts and Vector.
That means there's a guy that used to work at Anki that's kinda keeping an eye on it in his spare time. Don't expect any sort of product support.

It's a shame, because this was an amazing piece of technology that was never able to get to a "Sphero" level of adoption by consumers. They had a great product and the distribution muscle with partners like Wal-Mart, so I'm not sure where it failed along the way.

I've played with it and it's very, very fun. I wouldn't look at this deal as "product support may end," but instead as, "this may be the last chance to get one of these before they disappear."
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This part worries me about its usefulness for more than a few months:

While Anki has ceased product development and manufacturing, Anki has stated that it will provide long term support to maintain the operation and functionality in the existing products and apps. A self-serve Help Center to assist in getting the most out of your product has been implemented by Anki. Regretfully there are no agents available but Anki has indicated that they will be monitoring cloud operations for Anki accounts and Vector.
Thanks for the info. I have to imagine that they'll come further down in price.
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Got this for my 6yr old son two years ago and he played with it for 3 days and then it went on a shelf never to get played with again. Complete waste of money. YMMV
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This thing is worthless. I funded Anki's kick starter program for Vector last year, got one for full price, and was hoping for something more. The novelty wears off quickly after doing a couple fist bumps, having it learn my name, telling it to play with it's cube, and catching it as it drives backwards off the edge of a table or desk. The pieces pop back on after it falls, but that's not fun.

I had no idea Anki abandoned Vector until reading the post above, because my Vector has been sitting in the corner of a bookshelf, sleeping in it's "vector space" most of the time for the past 13 months.
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My buy price on a Vector was always $100. They always retailed at $250 and I don't think I ever saw a current gen sale under $185 or so, so this is a great price IMHO. I'll be grabbing at least 1 for Xmas this year!
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Isn't this tied to an app? If the company already went under, how long before Android and iPhone gets updated and no longer support the current and final app? There are already amazon reviews from customers reporting no support for Cozmo, the other robot. Sounds like a pretty expensive paperweight.
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Is that cozmo robot?
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Anki has folded...out of business. No upgrades, no new features, nada...nothing. This was a hot toy last year and then faded. I considered this vs. cosmos and watched a few YouTube videos. It is a toy!

WARNING: It loses its fun factor after a few days.
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It really depends how you use this product but for me vector has been a great little company on my computer table I use alexa through it and it works like a charm
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24$ or no deal 🙅🏽 ♂️
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Bought one...because why not.
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