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What failed startup Anki did for robotics

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The well-funded passion project of Carnegie Mellon robotics experts, San Francisco-based Anki had a long-range master plan to progress from cute toys to sci-fi level robotic maids, security guards, and other servants. But after nearly a decade and over $200 million in venture funding, the furthest the company got–in terms of publicly revealed products–was a $250, palm-size toy that drives around making cartoonish faces and gibberish chitchat.

And now it won’t get any further. As first reported by Recode’s Theodore Schliefer, Anki is shutting down, bringing an end to the story of one of consumer........

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