Best cheap toy deal of the day: £100 off the Anki Vector your kids all want for Christmas

…And also maybe your partner. We've got the cheapest Anki Overdrive and Cozmo prices we can find, too

Anki Vector deal

Anki Vector is a highly advanced 'toy' that in fact sits somewhere between an AI assistant on wheels, a STEM educational product and an actual toy, that kids will like. It packs in an awful lot of tech for its price but that price is still, understandably, quite high. However for today you can get Anki Vector for £149, which is £100 off the usual RRP (opens in new tab).

Its predecessor, Cozmo, was the biggest selling 'premium' toy of last Christmas. Okay, parents weren't fighting each other in the aisles over trying to buy the last one, but you could still save yourself a lot of grief by buying one today at this lower price.

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Anki Vector | £149 | Was £249 | Save £100 (opens in new tab)

Anki already had massive success with Overdrive, the 21st century Scalextric, and Cozmo, the loveable robot forklift. Vector, clearly, is a very close relative of Cozmo but adds more sophisticated features, primarily his AI and voice control abilities.

In theory, at least, he will happily pootle about on his own, scanning his living space with an HD camera, developing a unique personality based on what happens to him, recognising new people and learning their names and answering questions such as 'what is the square root of 36?'

As such, Vector is a great gift for kids, playing games with them and teaching the magic of being able to set a timer. However, he's also a cool pressie for any adult tech head. Anki likes to add new skills to its products and Vector could, in time, become something a bit like Alexa on wheels, with a more adorable personality. Although Alexa, to be fair, will always be in way less danger of being assaulted by your cat, or getting trapped under the sofa.

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Anki Vector: more than a toy

He's more like a quirkily charming gadget, really. Just check out this internal spec. The guys at Anki all worked at places such as Google, and you can tell.

Qualcomm 200 Platform allows computing 'at a smartphone level'.

Capacitive Touch Sensor – helps him sense being touched and held

Beamforming 4-Microphone Array – allows him to recognise natural speech and where the sound is coming from (ie: he turns to face you when you speak to him)

Ultra-Wide HD Camera – helps him detect motion, identify people by facial recognition, and take photos and videos on your comand

4 Drop Sensors – detects edges to help him avoid falls

Infrared Laser Scanner – lets him track distance and map environments

6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit – so he knows when he’s picked up or moved

High-Res Colour IPS Display – helps him convey a wide range of emotions

Wi-Fi-Enabled Cloud Connection – brings him new capabilities

• And just look at his face! That's worth £199 of anyone's money, right? (opens in new tab)

Duncan has been writing about tech for almost 15 years, during which time he has attended every event going, apart from Apple ones, as he mysteriously doesn't get invited to them. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. 

Duncan's current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. Duncan also edits T3's golf section because fuck it, someone has to. Dave Usher does all the real work on that bit, though. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially Reddit before the invention of Reddit. There was a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."