Cozmo is a robot with a big brain and an even bigger personality

“A robot’s primary function is to obey.”

If this is true, then Anki’s Cozmo robot fails—and fails spectacularly. When I first saw a YouTube video featuring Cozmo, my first reaction was “Is this thing too cool or what?” Cozmo is a robot with a mind of its own coupled with a major attitude. This Wall-e wannabe will make you laugh as his personality comes out.

Cozmo is a new robot from Anki, maker of the Overdrive and Fast & Furious robot race cars. Cozmo continually evolves as he interacts with you. He’ll prod you to play and will get into trouble as well. He always wants to play and wants to win at games. If he doesn’t win … watch out for his temper. He wears his heart on his sleeve.

Cozmo doesn’t just play; he gets curious & explores. He doesn’t just learn; he plots & plans. He doesn’t just see you, he gets to know you. Call him self-aware, call him almost human. Just don’t call him a toy. He’s a supercomputer on treads.

Cozmo can see you with his built-in 30 frames-per-second camera with sophisticated facial recognition and software that helps him remember every interaction.

Drop-tested and built to last, Cozmo is tough. His 300+ parts are engineered to keep him alive for a long time to come. He’s an animal lover. He can detect dogs and cats and reacts appropriately to both. If you’re a DIY’er, you can use the Cozmo Software Development Kit (SDK) to tap into Cozmo’s advanced robotics hardware and software and create any experience you can think of.

If you want a good laugh, watch the videos. Cozmo could bring out the kid in all of us. Cozmo is available now for $179.99. Visit Anki for more information and Amazon to order.

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