Practically a year ago I told you all about Cozmo, the awesomely cute robot from Anki. The great news is that it will soon land in the UK. Even better is that there is more choice too!
As you might already know, Anki is the consumer robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) company responsible for Overdrive.
I have to admit to falling for this robot the first time I saw it. Imagine your own WALL-E.
This little bot promises to be charming and mischievous. This is a real-life robot straight from the movies.
Anki says that he is one of the most sophisticated consumer robots available. It has been developed by a leading team of Ph.D. roboticists, world-class animators, and renowned game developers.
Life with Cozmo
Cozmo refuses to sit tight and wait for fun. He’s ready to play.
The more the droid gets to know you and your surroundings, the more skilled he becomes. New abilities are gradually unlocked and free upgrades are added.
The free Cozmo app comes packed full of exciting content and constantly introduces new ways to play. The app plays nice with iOS, Kindle Fire and, of course Android.
So whether he’s playing with his Cubes or challenging you to one of the many games available, this state of the art little guy is always ready for action.
Hundreds of Emotions
What makes this tracked bot so lovable is that his emotions aren’t random.
His unique personality, driven by powerful AI, is brought to life with complex facial expressions. He even has his own emotive language.
His vision system and sophisticated facial recognition software allows him to constantly scan his environment and recognise people.
His eyes even light up when he sees a familiar face. I know, right. You’re falling for him too, aren’t you?
Designing a successful robotics platform takes careful consideration of a multitude of factors.
A key feature with this little fella is the Cozmo Software Development Kit (SDK).
This gives users unprecedented access to robotics in a highly versatile package.
The SDK is available at no additional cost. For more information, visit: developer.anki.com.
Boris Sofman, CEO and co-founder, Anki said:
Bringing together technology, artificial intelligence, game design, and cinematic wonder Cozmo rewrites the rule book for consumer robotics. The level of depth, personality, and interactivity is the cornerstone to why Cozmo has stolen the hearts of fans, and we’re excited for Cozmo to show the UK just what he can do.”
Price and availability
Those seeking a rambunctious robotic sidekick with extraordinary intelligence and astounding interaction can pre-order their own Cozmo robot now from www.anki.com for £199.99.
To celebrate this global roll-out, Anki is also releasing a Cozmo Collector’s Edition.
The ‘Liquid Metal’ coloured version is available for pre-order now, exclusively from Anki and Argos.
He will be available in the UK September 15th.