Roanoke County Public Libraries introduced Vector, an Artificial Intelligence robot from Anki, on January 3 to all county libraries. Vector kept himself busy playing with his cube.

According to Caitlin Gills, Marketing Manager for the RCPL system, the devices are “hanging out” at the children’s desks at each library.

“Roanoke County Public Library continues to be your place for technology firsts,” said Gills. “In addition to being the first public library in the United States to recruit Pepper, the humanoid robot, RCPL is also one of the first to feature Vector, the new A.I. robot from Anki Robotics.”

“Vector was created to be a whimsical and friendly little robot who loves to interact with people,” Gills said. “Come in and say ‘Hey Vector’ to ask him about the weather, the stock market, or play a game. You can interact with Vector at all RCPL locations.”

The Anki firm describes itself as the “consumer robotics and artificial intelligence (A.I.) company and Vector as “a home robot with personality. We bring objects to life through robotics and artificial intelligence, allowing people to build relationships with technology that…

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