“When Apple turns over part of its oh-so-important Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address to an unknown startup, you can be sure Tim Cook and Co. think they’re dealing with some very cool technology,” Daniel Terdiman reports for CNET.
“That was very much the case with Anki, which was handpicked for a coveted slot as the poster child for what unknown developers can do with iOS,” Terdiman reports. “During its time onstage, Anki showed off what at first appears to be a simple toy car racing game, but what in reality might be the most advanced intersection of consumer-grade artificial intelligence and robotics ever.”
Terdiman reports, “Thanks to its relationship with Apple and lead A-round investor (and board member) Mark Andreessen — Anki has $50 million in the bank with which to develop AnkiDrive and whatever its next products are. And with Apple’s blessing, it will sell its cars in Apple stores around the world and online, as well as on its own Web site. Are big things ahead for Anki? Andreessen thinks so. On his blog, the Andreessen Horowitz partner said that the company is ‘the best robotics startup I have ever seen.'”
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