Cozmo the Real-Life Robot

Posted: October 11, 2016

They say Cozmo is the first "real-life robot like you've only seen in movies." One that has his own personality, which his family (i.e., your kids, i.e., you if you like geeking out on robots) helps cultivate over time by hanging out with him. Now what I want to know is what's Cozmo's last name? If it's Kramer, I'm in.

The desktop-sized Cozmo rolls around on treads and uses a supercomputer brain to learn and interact with you in a way that makes him seem self-aware. Maker Anki (remember their IRL race car video game?) calls him purposefully emotional and reactive to what's going on around him. Cozmo has hundreds of robot feelings and personality too, including curious, clever, playful...persistent...annoying...and cranky. Oh good. A robot who demands constant attention and has a fit when he doesn't get his way. You can give your kids a taste of what it's like to be around them.

Cozmo also comes programmed to play games with his buddies, and the package includes a set of Power Cubes for use in various activities. His app updates regularly and automatically to continue expanding his capabilities. Open it at the start of a day and you'll get a message of Daily Goals, suggestions of things to do with Cozmo to keep him healthy and happy. These will change and progress based on how you / your kids interact with your own robot, so he'll ultimate develop independently of and differently than other Cozmos.

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