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For those of us who grew up in the golden age of artificial intelligence movies (think Blade Runner, The Terminator, even Resident Evil a little later on)… well, it’s only natural that we’re a bit sceptical of AI! I mean, come on! With the Replicants, the Red Queen, and the Terminator himself, it’s hard not to feel a little uneasy about letting AI into our homes… well, that was the case, until Cozmo came on the scene.

I challenge you not to talk in a cutesy baby voice when you first get that tiny little Anki Cozmo into the palm of your hand. Can’t be done. This pretty intelligent, super speedy, and mind-blowingly diddy little robot is making us rethink what we already know about AI, and it’s showing us that there’s more to artificial intelligence than what we see in the movies (although Cozmo definitely has a dark side!).

 

Who is Cozmo?

The Anki Cozmo is just one in a long line of robot toys hitting the shelves. Cozmo is definitely smaller than his looming counterparts, and he’s more costly, too. He’s also more advanced, without a doubt. Like a small child, Cozmo doesn’t go anywhere without his favourite toys: 3 interactive blocks that he’ll stack, rearrange, and play games with, keeping himself happy and entertained while in autonomous mode.

These blocks are also a big part of our own interactions with Cozmo. After all, you can’t have a good game of Quick Tap without them. But they’re not the be all and end all of Cozmo’s capabilities. Create routes in the Code Lab (drag and drop modes for even the littlest of programmers), or step out of your AI comfort zone by registering your face with Cozmo… he’ll remember it in future, and greet you by name!

 

Totes Adorbs

If there’s a cuter robot out there I’ll eat my hat. Cozmo is so cute you’ll want to gobble him up, and his expressive eyes really show off this little fella’s personality. If he’s happy, sad, confused, concentrating, or angry (and yes, he does get angry!), then you’ll know about it. Cozmo, and his suave counterpart, the ‘liquid metal’ finish collector’s edition, can both be customised with brand new treads, sold separately in a wide range of bright and bold colours, or tucked up tightly in the carry case, also sold separately.

 

Tech Stuff

Anki Cozmo uses a WiFi connection, rather than the standard Bluetooth. There’s good and bad things about this of course… better range, but less stability, and so on and so on. For the app, there’s pretty good compatibility with iOS, Android, and Fire OS (a platform often overlooked), although only the more recent versions are supported. iOS 9+, Android 4.4+, and Fire OS 4+ should all be A-OK with Cozmo.

 

Final Thoughts

Cozmo is good. He’s not quite there in terms of AI just yet, so I’d categorise him more as a robotic pet than a full-on robot (you’ll see what I mean when you learn about Cozmo ‘Needs’; a feature which is sure to transport you back to your days as a Tamagotchi owner). But this isn’t just any robotic pet; Cozmo is a robotic pet for big kids. It’s a toy that adults will enjoy just as much (if not more) than the little ones.

What’s in the Box

  • 1 x Self-aware Cozmo Robot
  • 1 x Charger
  • 3 x Interactive Cubes

Anki Cozmo
Design74%
Usability78%
Features83%
Fun87%
Addictability83%
81%Overall Score
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