Anki Debuts 'Anki Drive' Intelligent Robotic Car Game

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    On stage at WWDC today, Tim Cook stepped aside to allow app developer Anki to debut a new product, known as Anki Drive. According to Cook, "Anki uses iOS devices and the iOS platform to bring artificial intelligence and robotics into our daily lives."

    The product uses smart robotic toy cars powered by Bluetooth to drive on a track. The cars know their location and they are able to react to their surroundings in real time. They can see the track up to 500 times a second to analyze their surroundings and they are equipped to handle a multitude of situations on the printed race track. Players can control the cars via the iPad or the iPhone through an accompanying app.

    The full Anki Drive experience, which is described as a "video game in the real world," is coming to Apple Stores this fall, while the app is available for download today.

    Article Link: Anki Debuts 'Anki Drive' Intelligent Robotic Car Game
  2. macrumors regular

    May 5, 2011
  3. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    Why is that?
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2013
    I agree with you completely, let's talk this over with our Hot wheels.:apple:
  6. macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    Talk about hitting the jackpot. How many developers would have loved to have been picked by Apple to showcase their product at the Keynote at WWDC?
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2007
    awesome concepts... i think i will start to play with machines again like when i was a kid!
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Bel Air, CA
    The concept has a lot of potential. Too bad the implementation was so juvenile. Im looking forward to seeing what else they can do with this technology.
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2011
    I was really pulling for them when their showcase had a glitch. Glad they got to finish the demo.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    Looks like they re-engineered the Scaletrix.

    Felt a bit sorry for them, with the 'ANKI DRIVE - FAIL' moment.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2008
    I didn't really understand the point of this. They never showed how this connect to iOS. We just saw some toy cars.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    We've come a long way since this:


    I remember using one of these about 8 years ago as a kid thinking "how can it get any better than this"?

    Now, less than 10 years on, we've got artificially intelligent robot cars using my phone (which weighs less than an apple) as their brain, racing round on a roll up mat. A ROLL UP MAT.

    Stuff like this may only be "novelty" and not have a massive impact on every day life, but it really is a brilliant demonstration of how amazing technology is. What an exciting time to be alive!

    EDIT: they also recovered pretty well when one of their cars didn't want to play ball
  13. macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    The point of this, for those that miss it, is that play like this is what leads to advancements. Self guided robots that can help the elderly and disabled, work in hospitals delivering and cleaning, do janitorial work in offices and factories, do dangerous work, fight wars, etc.
  14. macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2013
    this is like going back in time. i dont think this thing is going to get a good response.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    It's so nice to have a break from the flame wars going on about the redesign

    Thought this was so cool! Didn't have a lot of appeal to me in its current state, but boy do I see some interesting possibilities for this type of technology!
  16. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Toy cars which analyze their surroundings up to 500 times per second and then use that information to decide what to do next.

    Don't see it as toy cars. They are autonomous, self-driving robotic vehicles operating in real-time.

    At any given snapshot in time they need to know where they are (presumably using sensors to determine their relative position on the track, though it is possible they have access to the top-view camera for image processing -- I didn't catch the whole demo so I don't know). How far are they from the edges of the "road"? Are there any obstacles or other vehicles nearby? If so, which ones? Where will they be in the next snapshot if they continue their current velocity? Should they apply brakes? Accelerate? Steer left or right?

    And that's just to maintain a course around the track. They demonstrated that each vehicle can also be given mission parameters. "Block that other car". Now they need to calculate even more than just what they are doing, they need to also sense the position of the other cars and calculate what they are doing, and then calculate a reactionary move to foil the opponent. Now they have multiple levels of operation -- level 1 is "survive" (e.g. don't crash or fall off the track), level 2 is "fulfill my mission".

    Did I mention this was all happening 500 times per second?

    And all being calculated on an iOS device?

    Presumably one iOS device controls each vehicle. So there is a steady stream of chatter going back and forth over Bluetooth. The vehicle probably sends up telemetry about what it sees/senses, then the iOS app calculates what it thinks the car should do next, then sends a command back via Bluetooth.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    Hay Anki, how was the half-million dollar coffee meeting?
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2005
    Shreveport, LA
    Think Skynet will come along and buy Anki any time soon? Yikes!
  19. macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2007
    Until they get conscious and don't want to do these things anymore.
  20. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I liked it too. Found it really weird that they showcased this, but I could totally see this being played with at my house.
  21. macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    It is really cool, lots of potential for the future.
  22. macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I don't think the real point was the toys... It was more about the future. Robotics and such would have incredible uses way beyond toys.
  23. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2011
    Tiny cars

    OK, great tech, but very juicy cars... motors, friction, sensors and Bluetooth... . A max of 4 minutes battery life before a 1-hr rechage?
  24. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2012
    The concept is great and the cars are a neat way to demonstrate the possibilities in a very comprehensive way. Having said that, the guys did come across like homebrewers than a professional business, everything from the second they rolled out their race track mat to the awkward tech fail break. Tim Cook's lack of enthusiasm in "they will be very successful!!" afterwards didn't help either... all in all it probably wasn't the ideal timing for that segment of the show.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2012
    I agree. Apple chose this company not only to exhibit how developers are utilizing the iOS environment, but also to hint at another interest of

    They have 150 billion in the bank...this wasn't about toys or video games.

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