A Blog About Vector The Robot

DDL’s (in)famous “Feature “Friday”: Do it yourself on Wire-Pod

When Digital Dream Labs took over they made a big fuzz about their “Feature Fridays” where they bragged about adding new features to Vector.

Video tutorial: Upload Escape Pod OS 1.8 to Anki Vector for Wire-Pod

After installing Wire-Pod, the open source Escape Pod for the beloved Vector robot, that allows you to get away from Digital Dream Labs completely and for free, you will have to get the Escape Pod 1.8 firmware onto the robot.

DDL denies the firmware 2.0 overheating problem in first generation Vectors

There are multiple (read: a lot!) reports of first generation Vectors overheating way faster and that have way higher head and body temperatures after they were forcibly updated to firmware 2.0.0 by Digital Dream Labs.

Meet Loona, a new robotic pet to be on Kickstarter soon

A new crowdfunding for a robotic pet is on the horizon. It is called “Loona” and the company behind it are KEYi Technology Co.,Ltd., the people behind ClickBot. So here is a company that already prooved they are able to successfully realize such a project.

This is bad: DDL forces firmware 2.0 onto 1st generation Vector and now they also have an overheating problem

As reported a few days ago, Vector 2.0s have a massive heat problem. They are generating more heat than a first generation vector and thus show a temp warning early and in completely normal environment temperatures.

Wire-Pod, the free Open Source Escape Pod, with a production Vector: It works!

I tested to install Wire-Pod, Wire’s open source Escape Pod onto a Raspberry Pi 4, as recommended. There were some problem that I was able to solve with Wire’s help (thanks for that!) and some improvements were added to the installation process because of it.

Digital Dream Labs started updating 1.6 robots to 1.8 without user consent

I am getting reports by multiple people who say their 1.6 firmware Vectors were updated to 1.8.x, even robots that are not on any subscription, and even robots that were on the downgrade offered by DDL in the past.