I wrote about the promise of Anki Drive, which combines the old school appeal of Hot Wheels with cutting-edge research into artificial intelligence.
Toys are just the start for Anki, which hopes to develop powerful, relatively low-cost machines into areas far beyond entertainment. "That becomes a stepping stone for so many of the other things we want to work on," Sofman said. "As we go through future products and leave entertainment, it's the same problem no matter what you're doing. The constraints change, and the prices change. But it's still something physical you are programming with software to become intelligent."