The Cozmo is hands-down one of the smartest robots we’ve seen. Unfortunately, Anki went out of business in 2019, but the good news is that the assets were bought by startup Digital Dream Labs.
The Cozmo 2.0 has been a long time coming but is finally available – at a much higher price than the original. We haven’t seen this revamped version, but it has various improvements to battery life, replaceable parts and more.
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, Cozmo packs an impressively big brain, and is capable of recognising people’s faces, playing games, and learning as he goes.
Cozmo comes with three LED cubes, which are used in games that test reaction time and colour matching. He learns how you play and adjusts his own skill level – and reactions – appropriately: beat him and he’ll throw a tantrum, screwing up the eyes on his LED screen.
The built-in camera can learn, recognise and then associate faces with a given name, which he will say out loud when he sees them. You can program Cozmo to say other phrases, too.
You can even remotely control Cozmo while watching the view from his camera on your phone- or tablet screen. There’s also a host of coding mini-games to teach kids basic programming.
Above all, though, Cozmo is packed with personality. He’s lively, vibrant and fun, telling you what games he wants to play at any given time, reacting to you and expressing his emotions. It sounds silly, but you really will find yourself caring about Cozmo and what he wants, which is a huge accomplishment.
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see the original in action in our video.