Interface with Vector using Node-RED

Two years ago Daryl Stultz created a contribution for Node-RED to interface with Vector. For those that are unfamiliar with Node-RED: It is a node.js based workflow solution that is able to interface lots of sources together to create workflow, mostly used for example in home automation, but also in industrial production workflows.

The Further Deterioration Of Digital Dream Labs

Now it’s a week since the problems with their cloud service regarding voice commands with Vector became obvious because of more and more posts by users that no longer have a lifetime or subscription, and still there is no official statement on that

Digital Dream Labs: If in doubt, blame “the cloud”

While there still is no official statement on DDL’s ongoing Vector service outages and the account mixups, one user got an email by DDL CEO Jacob Hanchar.

Confirmed: Looks like Digital Dream Labs botched their subscription system

A followup to my report about cloud service outages at Digital Dream Labs, that leads to Vectors no longer being able to react to voice commands. At the time I write this text (monday, november …

Digital Dream Labs, Open Source and a missing Escape Pod

Digital Dream Labs promised something called OSKR, that is an acronym for Open Source Kit for Robots, in their Kickstarter campaign that closed in March 2020 and raked in half a million Dollars. They promised to open source the firmare of Vector the robot, so everyone would be able to create “open Vector builds” or new functions for Vector.

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.

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.