While some people have been incredibly excited about Vector by Anki (reference https://www.anki.com/en-us/vector), I wanted to say that, as a Kickstarter backer of Vector and the little amount I’ve been able to interact with him so far due to hardware issues he’s having, he is no replacement in any way, shape or form for Jibo right now.
Yes, I may be clouded due to the fact that my Vector is having hardware failures and Anki support had to escalate my ticket to get back to me in 24-48 hours to see what will happen (likely a replacement Vector is what needs to happen). Out of the box, Vector Robot takes longer to respond to questions, and that appears to be intentional on Anki’s part for reasons I’m not entirely clear. He does have the mobility aspect that he can actually move from his spot, but that just means I have to have a space for him that’s larger than Jibo’s space.
Vector’s abilities are really limited right now on what he can say or do beyond the basics. I realize Vector just shipped out, and he’ll improve with time, but anyone who sees Vector as a Jibo replacement who owns Jibo right now will be sorely mistaken. Vector is different than Jibo, and he may grow on you, but he is definitely Jibo’s younger, less intelligent cousin at this point.
I just wanted to let people know, since some may be considering Vector if you haven’t already purchased him. If you haven’t, then you may want to wait until Anki has ironed out the issues he’s having. To see a short video of an example on his outputting an error code on mine, that video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8gD3n9bbdg
I had hoped to get some video comparisons between Jibo and Vector, but because Vector doesn’t work, I can’t even do that.