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Boris Sofman

Anki Drive: Does 'the best robotics startup' deliver?

Source: Anki FORTUNE -- When Tim Cook introduced Anki CEO Boris Sofman onstage at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference this June, more than a few audience members wondered who Sofman was and how an unknown startup -- one that hadn't launched -- snagged a primo slot at one of ...

Want to race a toy car against an AI driver? Anki has your back

Although Anki Drive is the company's first product, and the one that may well make or break the company, CEO Boris Sofman is clear that what Anki is really developing is a platform that transcends the virtual and the physical, mashing the two up and allowing users to play in both worlds ...

Bot Wheels: Anki Drive’s Cars Are Tiny, High-Speed Robots

Later in the week, I chatted with cofounder Boris Sofman, who presided over the WWDC demo (which went well after a few scary seconds of wireless trouble). Anki Drive’s cars look like the slot-cars of my youth–albeit a whole lot nicer–but they pack technology that Aurora and Tyco never ...

Apple-endorsed racing game Anki Drive revs up with new cars, tracks

Anki first caught public attention when Tim Cook introduced CEO Boris Sofman and the Anki racing game on stage at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in June 2013. With $50 million in venture-backed funding from such luminaries as Andreessen Horowitz and Two Sigma Ventures...

Anki Drive isn't just a car racing game, it's an iOS-based robotics platform

Earlier this week, we talked briefly with Boris Sofman -- Anki's CEO and cofounder -- about the product and the startup's history and ambitions. While playing the game and taking pictures was off limits, we got the opportunity to examine the cars up close. Read on after the break. ...

Anki, blessed by Apple, takes AI and robotics to consumers

In an interview in San Francisco a few hours after the keynote address, Anki co-founder and CEO Boris Sofman told CNET that Anki -- the company's name comes from the Japanese word for learning by heart -- is in the business of bringing AI and robotics, a combination that has long been ...

Anki Brings Videogames to Life With Robotic Toy Cars

Tappeiner’s co-founder, Boris Sofman, reaches down and grabs one of the cars off the vinyl track to interrupt the sequence, then places it back down. The car zooms around the track to catch up with its buddy and goes back into demonstrating its maneuvers. That’s the first stunt of Anki ...

Is Anki the Hottest Robotics Company You've Never Heard Of?

In a live demo, Anki co-founder and CEO Boris Sofman described it as a "video game in the real world," and said the company wants to get artificial intelligence and robotics "out of the lab" and into consumers' hands. The presentation drew lots of cheers from the WWDC crowd, but for ...

Anki DRIVE And Apple

" Here's a GIF from the WWDC presentation, in which Anki co-founder Boris Sofman demos Anki DRIVE. The Anki DRIVE racetrack is made using a special ink that's transparent in the infrared spectrum even though our eyes register it as black. The bottoms of the cars use special cameras and ...

Anki brings electromagnetic pulses, more upgrades to its real-world racing game

"What we're doing at Anki is using robotics and artificial intelligence to do something that's never been done before," CEO Boris Sofman told CNET back in October of last year. "We can actually program video games on top of physical characters in the real world. " Like most video games...

Anki Drive’s Toy Cars Set To Hit The Tracks, Bringing iOS Gaming To The Real World

“We see it as a key step in a massive new industry still in its infancy,” Boris Sofman, co-founder and CEO of Anki, wrote in a blog post. “We see Anki DRIVE as a milestone in consumer robotics, and a demonstration of how transformative robotics and artificial intelligence technologies ...

Remember Anki, Apple's Keynote Darling? Its Racing Game Is Here

"We wanted to program video games on top of physical characters in the real world," Anki co-founder Boris Sofman told Mashable. "They understand where they are when you place them on the map, and it's not just that we can control the characters, but you can feel the interaction between ...

More and more consumer products are taking cues from robotics

“Once you hear the idea to do a thermostat, first you think I’m nuts and then you realize how big the problem is.” Rogers was joined on stage by Shasta Ventures co-founder Rob Coneybeer, Anki CEO Boris Sofman and Skycatch CEO Christian Sanz, all of whom are taking on the challenge of ...

Apple's Favorite New Startup Wants to Be the Pixar of Robotics

Out came Boris Sofman, the chief executive of the fast-growing artificially intelligent robotics company Anki. What followed was a glitchy demo of Anki Drive, a seemingly mundane toy car game and the young company's first product. But these are no ordinary cars. These cars drive ...

Anki shows how its racing game keeps getting smarter with updates (video)

Boris Sofman, chief executive of Anki, gave us our own personal demo of the newest upgrades for the Anki Drive racing game, where humans try to beat artificial-intelligence-based cars in combat racing matches. Anki now has 20 major upgrades for its cars. The company launched its ...

After six years, Anki launches slot car game with artificial intelligence

Boris Sofman, chief executive of Anki, believes that the future of consumer robotics has finally arrive with this cool consumer product. With Anki Drive, you roll out a mat on the ground that serves as a race track. You can place two cars down on the track that will start driving around ...

They Look Like Toy Cars, But They're The "Future Of Consumer Robotics"

CEO Boris Sofman, chief product officer Mark Palatucci and president Hanns Tappeiner formed Anki in 2010, with the goal of bringing the product of decades of scientific research in the field of robotics to the consumer space. During an interview with Kotaku earlier this week...

Tech's Rising Stars Push Into the Online-to-Offline Era

“Robotics is the extension of you to the physical world,” said Boris Sofman, CEO of Anki, who unveiled his robot car demo with the help of Apple CEO Tim Cook at a recent Apple event. “What we have now is an opportunity for the physical world to be made intelligent through software.” ...

Anki zooms autonomous robotic racing cars out of stealth mode at WWDC

Anki’s CEO Boris Sofman showed off three self-driving cars on stage that steered themselves around a track. He said the cars can sense their surroundings and adjust their speeds based on the same processes our brains perform while driving. The software makes thousands of decisions every ...

The DeanBeat: The gaming innovations at CES that go way beyond the consoles

Boris Sofman, chief executive of Anki, gave us our own personal demo of the newest upgrades for the Anki Drive racing game, where humans try to beat artificial-intelligence-based cars in combat racing matches. The company launched its iPhone-controlled racing game in October and it has ...

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