Anki, along with Sphero, was one of the leaders in this new era of smartphone-related toys. Unfortunately, Anki has run out of money and closes his doors.
Anki has made several different toys in recent years, including "Overdrive" racecars, the adorable Pixar-style Cozmo robot (we've rated Collector's Edition.)), And the vector connected to the Internet. The company also released licensed versions of its products, such as the Fast & Furious Overdrive set.
Anki Overdrive Fast & Furious Edition
According to a report by Recode, Anki boss Boris Sofman said on Monday to all employees that this would be the case on Wednesday, and nearly 200 people would receive a week's severance pay. The company told Recode, "A significant financial deal with a strategic investor came late and we could not reach an agreement, and we do our best to look after every single employee and their families and management available options. "
We contacted Anki, but it's not clear at the moment if the company's products will continue to work. The Vector robot uses Internet services directly, and Anki's other products rely on smartphone apps for all functionality.
It's sad that the company went down, especially considering that its toy robots were (for the most part) great products. I sincerely hope that all employees in other companies will succeed.