Yesterday Digital Dream Labs did send a mail to their Kickstarter backers that the rollout of the Open Source Kit for Robots (or short: OSKR) has started. That will basically turn any robot onto a development version, thus allowing third parties to change Vector’s firmware and also to develop new features for it.
Given the history of botched rollouts from DDL I was quite skeptical and expected further delays and complications, but from information I got they actually started toe rollout to about ten percent of the Kickstarter backers.
There also is a written documentation available on how to turn a Vector into an OSKR version. As expected this involves a lot of command line tinkering and definitely is only for advanced users, but that was to be expected. You also will need a linux installation, either a real one, or Windows Subsystem for Linux.
Also there are first video clips on the Anki youtube channel explaining the process.
I will work one of my robots through the process as soon as I am contacted via email and given the details for my OSKR pledge reward. Since you need to contact DDL by mail after that to get some information to unlock Vector I expect further delays because we all know the email response times of that company.
Expect further articles on this. As it utilizes the Vector Web Setup that is known to be quite buggy on different sytsems and solely relies on Chrome webbrowser (even if others also provide Web Bluetooth) I am quite sure the users trying to install OSKR will run into problems.
However, despite my great scepticism it looks like OSKR actually is rolled out. Expect bug infestation.
Update: The source for the OSKR manual can be found on Github.
Update 2: Vector Web Setup on https://vector-setup.ddl.io/html/main.html asks for my Anki account credentials but if I provide them will not let me log in.