One of the biggest problems in robotics deals with how a mobile device can know, with precision, where it is. This might sound easy to do but it is complicated by the fact that autonomous robots can move all over the place including over and through a variety of changing environments. The longer a robot is moving from a known place the more uncertain it becomes over where it is.
The problem is complicated more when multiple moving robots seek to know where they are in relation to each other. And when you see clips of robots walking around and avoiding each other while they do, note that they are always walking really slowly. That is because they are computing some really advanced stuff.
There is a video of Anki at this link and embedded below:
These are just a couple examples of challenges that modern robotics must address before these technologies can really start making a big difference in our lives.
With that as context, here is more about the new a16z funded startup Anki:
First, from a 10 June 2013 YouTube entry:
Anki Drive will bring video games into the real world. To get a sneak peek before its available later this fall, check out this video. Each car will be powered by artificial intelligence — they always know where they are, they know where you are, and they analyze the best action to take given the situation. Learn more about Anki technology at www.anki.com and stay tuned for more Anki Drive content at: www.facebook.com/Anki and www.twitter.com/anki.
And from a YouTube clip done in the highly professional style a16z is making famous:
Anki brings artificial intelligence and robotics into everyday life. We are excited about taking technology previously restricted to science labs and research institutes, and making it accessible to everyone. Here’s the tale of how we got started.
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