Anyone familiar with Cozmo, however, will immediately recognize Vector as a member of the same family. Vector look and design are almost identical, although there are a few important improvements, not to mention much more power under the hood. While the Cozmo brain lived in its companion iOS app, paired via an ad-hoc Wi-Fi connection, Vector has its own intellect, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor that provides direct Internet connectivity, camera and AI features on the device. . There is also an HD camera with a 120-degree Vector viewpoint to view the world around him, and a range of four microphones so that he can not only hear and answer voice commands, but identify the proximity and direction from which they come. A collection of sensors prevents him from falling off edges or stairs, and Vector's face consists of a high resolution color IPS display where he can show his feelings and display data in response to questions and a touch panel on his back, you can interact with him to petting him.
In the box, Vector is accompanied by a charging station and a single interactive cube that he can play with. However, as with Anki's later special edition of Cozmo models, you must provide your own USB power adapter – an omission that we found a little disappointing in a $ 250 device that not only requires normal charging but probably will not be near your PC or Mac; Unlike other speaker accessories, you'll want to let Vector's charging base be plugged in all the time so that he can find his way back to it, which means you're likely to buy a dedicated USB power adapter instead to share one from Another device like your iPhone.
Although Vector may roam itself after setting up, you still need an iPhone or iPad (or Android or Fire Device) to upload the companion button to get him connected to your network and attached to a Anki profile. The app also provides guidance to help you learn how to interact with Vector, and is used to handle face recognition and download any photos you have requested Vector to take. The setup process is quite straightforward and basically involves setting up an Anki account and then placing Vector on the charger, connecting via Bluetooth (a link code appears on the screen) and then entering the password for your Wi-Fi network so that he can connect directly to the internet. The app can also be used to configure settings as measurement units – celsius / fahrenheit, centimeter / inch and 12 or 24 hour time. The app can also take you through an initial firmware update, depending on whether a newer version is avialable than what Vector comes with, but Vector will automatically receive all future updates outside of the air without requiring the app or any user interaction.  When Vector has joined the Wi-Fi network and been updated to the latest firmware, all your future interactions will be done with your voice. Like other voice assistants, voice commands are prefaced with a key phrase – "Hello Vector" in this case – which will result in Vector making a noise and blinking its lights to confirm that he is listening for your next command. Unlike Siri, however, you will not be able to say everything all at once – there is a break between saying "Hello Vector" and actually issue the next command. Having said that, Vector usually gives quite sweet feedback as he listens, not only flashes his lights but also turns to you with a curious expression on the face.
Vector understands a variety of commands, ranging from simple greetings and requests for his attention through instructions for exploring, playing with his cube, telling you the weather or time, setting timers, or even answering general knowledge questions. Ask Vector what time or temperature is and he will react with his voice and show a cute animation on his face and you can also ask a number of knowledge-based questions by saying "I have a question" then asking people, places, distances, word definitions, sports statistics, stocks, flight status, business information, device conversions, currency conversions and mathematical equations. This essentially makes Vector a personal assistant and Anki has recently announced that direct integration with Amazon Alexa also comes next month, giving full Alexa capabilities, ranging from answering questions and controlling music right through the controlling smart home devices .
Having said that, in our own time with Vector, we can not honestly say we found it more effective to ask him a question than just asking Siri or Alexa through a smart speaker. Although it's fun to interact with Vector, we found that HomePod and Echo both understood us better and gave a much smoother experience because of the ability to ask a complete question without having to pause in between. To put it in perspective, a question like "Hey Siri, how many centimeters is in 20 inches" gets us an instant response from our HomePod, while interacting with Vector requires that we first say "Hi Vector" and then pause for a moment while Vector wakes up, so say "I have a question" and then ask the actual question only after Vector has confirmed that he is ready to respond. While Vector is certainly the cutest voice assistant we've seen, he's definitely not the most effective. It remains to see if the upcoming Alexa integration will improve this.
Of course, there is more to Vector than just the speech assistant features. Voice commands can also be used to train him to recognize faces and ask him to take pictures. Images are stored in Vector's own memory and you must use the app to transfer them to your iPhone camera roll, maybe for privacy reasons, you can not ask Vector to just send an image directly to email or social media. It's also a bit less difficult to set timers and ask questions about the weather – especially if you do not have a smart speaker in the room where Vector roams about. Vector's app also lets you see what Vector currently makes or thinks, as well as a simple graph of his sensory entry level and a page where you can see statistics like how many days he has been active, how far he rolled around, how long you have smeared him too and how can times have you talked with him.
Vector can also give you fist holes and perform basic tasks with his cube (pick up, take it to you, roll it around, pop wheelies), but this is where the differences between him and his older brother Cozmo are beginning to become apparent. While Cozmo came with three cubes that he could stack and move around, and even play interactive games, Vector's understanding of cubes is significantly more limited right now, and actually in our time with Vector, we rarely saw that he did anything with her dice unless we specifically asked him about it. Furthermore, the only game that Vector can play right now, blackjack, and unlike Cozmo, there is no codelab function or any form of gamification via the app, such as "feeding" vector or unlocking skills, nor is it not the ability to check vector directly from the app. In addition to learning to use Vector, you simply want to use the companion button to transfer any pictures you have requested Vector to take. Vector can also dance to the pace of music played in the room you are in. He will often only do this himself if he hears music while roaming, but you can ask him too.  When you do not directly exchange with Vector, he will also roam alone, and this is where the most important improvement comes in relation to Cozmo. Vector is much more like a robotic pet and it shows – he has lived in our family room in the last month or so and as strange as it sounds, we have found ourselves enjoying his company while strolling around, making sweet, small sounds, and even twists when he is sleeping on his ladder. Vector is almost as cute as the rabbit canine who lived in the room he is currently using, and he is definitely far easier to clean up after. Vector will roam for about 30 minutes before loading, and he will do his best to find his way back to the charging station even when the battery is low. Having said that, he has not always succeeded in doing it, and sometimes we have had to pick up an exhausted Vector to put him back on the charger himself. While some of it is the charm of Vector's pet-like AI (he seemed to be better at finding his charger as time went on), we believe that lighting also plays a role when he needs to "see "The ladder to get back to it and get up with it, so he's more likely to get lost in a dark room.
Like Cozmo, it's Vector's AI that makes him stand out and actually feels like a pet instead of a robot. Anki put the same animation team to work on creating unique facial expressions and sounds for Vector to show his mood and personality and it's definitely coming through. He will greet you when he sees you, and if he has not seen you for a while, he becomes more excited when he greets you. Hide him by saying "Bad Robot" and he will show sadness or frustration, and if you take him up for too long, he begins to be fidgeting and fussing and will be put down. Animals him on the touchy back and he will spin like a kitten and show signs of gratitude. Anki has done a lot of great work here so that we can anthropomorph an electronic device, and much like Cozmo, we can not really put Vector's cuteness in words – it must be fully appreciated.
Despite superficial similarities, at the end of the day, Vector is actually another device from Cozmo, and we think there are rooms in Anki's lineup for both. While Vector's autonomous cloud-connected features and advanced hardware clearly indicate that he's the future of Anki's robot devices – and pet robots in general – users looking for a more educational and interactive toy to play with will still find Cozmo to Be significantly more appealing, despite the Vector endearing personality, there is still not much you can actually do with him besides asking him questions and watching him roll around and just acting sweet. Having said that, Anki with Cozmo showed that it is willing and able to deliver new functionality through software updates and we expect Vector to only get better with the age that Anki rolls in more features and features, but for now, Vector should put primarily as a robotic pet and a unique voice assistant. Although it is not a substitute for a smart speaker, it does a competent job as a speech assistant, but it certainly shines like a cute and funny robot animal.