Anki is a consumer robotics and artificial intelligence startup. Anki technology programs physical objects to be intelligent and adaptable in the physical world and is designed to solve the problems of positioning, reasoning, and execution in artificial intelligence and robotics. Positioning is the ability to know where an object is in relation to its environment. Reasoning calculates multiple scenarios. Execution is taking the most optimal path to meet an objective.
Anki intends to apply artificial intelligence to real-life scenarios. The company debuted Anki Drive during the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, when Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook took the unusual step of ceding the stage early in his presentation to an unknown company.
Anki was “handpicked for a coveted slot as the poster child for what unknown developers can do with iOS” (CNET). The company, which some have said is starting a “consumer robotics revolution.” Marc Andreessen and Danny Rimer serve on the company’s board. In his personal blog, Andreessen called Anki “the best robotics startup I have ever seen.”