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Anki

anki.com

Founded Year

2010

Stage

Asset Sale | AssetsPurchased

Total Raised

$205.26M

About Anki

Anki is harnessing robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to bring to life consumer products with intellect and interactive capabilities.

Headquarters Location

55 2nd Street 15th Floor

San Francisco, California, 94105,

United States

214-450-3701

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CB Insights Intelligence Analysts have mentioned Anki in 2 CB Insights research briefs, most recently on Oct 17, 2022.

Expert Collections containing Anki

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Anki is included in 2 Expert Collections, including Robotics.

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Robotics

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This collection includes startups developing autonomous ground robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotic arms, and underwater drones, among other robotic systems. This collection also includes companies developing operating systems and vision modules for robots.

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AI 100

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Anki Patents

Anki has filed 1 patent.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Rotating disc computer storage media
  • Computer storage media
  • Artificial intelligence
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Application Date

Grant Date

Title

Related Topics

Status

8/3/2018

12/21/2021

Rotating disc computer storage media, Computer storage media, Artificial intelligence, Multiple component reactions, Search algorithms

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Application Date

8/3/2018

Grant Date

12/21/2021

Title

Related Topics

Rotating disc computer storage media, Computer storage media, Artificial intelligence, Multiple component reactions, Search algorithms

Status

Grant

Latest Anki News

The Best Robotic STEM Toys to Fill The Lego Mindstorms Hole in Your Heart

Nov 10, 2022

Image: Lego, Thames & Kosmos, Ozobot For almost a quarter of a century, Lego’s Mindstorms line , which allowed both kids and adults to build fully-functional bots from Lego and Technic pieces, was one of the most capable STEM toys available, both for those looking to dive into robotics and those who just wanted to build cool machines. But after 24 years, Lego Mindstorms is being discontinued at the end of 2022, with Lego only promising to support its accompanying mobile apps for an additional two years. It’s heartbreaking, and while nothing may replace Lego Mindstorms entirely, there are some alternative STEM toys to consider for those interested in learning to code or building a robotic creation of their own. Advertisement In recent years, Sphero is probably best known for its rolling BB-8 toy based on the chipper droid from the Star Wars sequels, as well as a tiny robotic R2-D2 that’s surprisingly animated and lifelike. The company has since moved away from licensed toys to focus on the education market, and has embraced its roots with Bolt: a $179 programmable rolling ball with a low-res dot matrix display inside. Like the BB-8 toy but without its head, the ball can be driven around like an RC toy, but the real appeal of Bolt is the Sphero app, which allows it to be programmed through an easy to learn drag and drop interface. Advertisement If you’ve got a kid interested in robotics but you’re worried they spend way too much time on their tablet or laptop, Thames & Kosmos’ Mega Cyborg Hand is a completely mechanical introduction to robot building. As the name implies, the building kit, which feels more like assembling a Gundam model than a Lego creation, lets kids create an oversized robotic hand they can wear and control using a series of actuators connected to pneumatic pumps that bring the cyborg hand’s fingers to life. And because it’s lacking in any electronics and doesn’t need batteries, it’s a relatively affordable option at $45. Advertisement There’s no assembly required here, but that’s because the creators of the Ozobot have managed to cram a surprising amount of capabilities into a tiny rolling robot smaller than a golf ball. That means it can roam and autonomously navigate your desk using proximity and optical sensors, or do the same thing on that minuscule seat tray you’re forced to work and eat on during a flight. Despite its size, the $175 Ozobot includes LED lights, a speaker, a battery that’s good for about 60 minutes of play, and Bluetooth (allowing it to be connected to and programmed using an app on a mobile device). Advertisement As impressive as Boston Dynamics’ robot SPOT dog is, few of us have $74,500 to spend on a robotic pet. Petoi might be the next best thing. Small enough to sit on your hand, it’s more like a robotic puppy. It’s able to walk around on four articulated legs like SPOT can, but is a tiny bit more affordable at $259 for a DIY kit version you build yourself , or a $269 pre-built option that diminishes some of the educational STEM value. Petoi is programmable and controllable through an app, but also open source and upgradeable, so you can try your hand at making it act and behave even more doglike—even if that just means barking at the mailman every morning. Advertisement Anki first made a name for itself by creating a modern twist on slot cars: RC and autonomous toy vehicles that could race on a printed paper track without flying off in the corners. Later, the company introduced a pair of companion robots that were incredibly endearing thanks to a pair of expressive animated eyes courtesy of a former Pixar animator. Anki unfortunately didn’t make it, but a company called Digital Dream Labs has brought Vector back from the dead with a $400 Version 2.0 model that, like the original, can roam around a desk and serve as a virtual pet that likes to play games. For those looking to improve what Vector 2.0 can do, there’s the potential to introduce your own programming as well, but that might be a little advanced for kids whose first words weren’t in Python or C++. Advertisement

Sep 22, 2022
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Anki Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Anki founded?

    Anki was founded in 2010.

  • Where is Anki's headquarters?

    Anki's headquarters is located at 55 2nd Street, San Francisco.

  • What is Anki's latest funding round?

    Anki's latest funding round is Asset Sale.

  • How much did Anki raise?

    Anki raised a total of $205.26M.

  • Who are the investors of Anki?

    Investors of Anki include Digital Dream Labs, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and 3 more.

  • Who are Anki's competitors?

    Competitors of Anki include Makeblock and 7 more.

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