Anki Cozmo Robot Review
- High level of AI technology that teaches kids coding
- An easy-to-use interface helps kids build code and learn
- Cozmo can play games with you and is a formidable opponent
- Facial recognition helps Cozmo know who you are
- Speak into Cosmo and he will repeat words back to you
- The app is available for most tablets and smartphones
- Must always be connected to WiFi
- Small parts may pose a choking hazard
How it works
The Cozmo Robot by Anki is a toy of the future. The Cozmo robot is an AI robot that can show emotions, follow commands, think for itself, and recognize your face every time you play with him. By using the corresponding app for an IOS device or an Android device, you can link to Cozmo and give him commands and play games with him. He comes with a few games that the two of you can play, and the rest of his functions can interact with you emotionally and physically. Cozmo knows when he’s in danger and can show emotions from sadness to happiness, determination, and defeat. Play a memory game with Cozmo or block stacking or keep away. All of his actions and commands are all done through coding making Anki Cozmo any child’s or adult’s first step into coding, programming, and working robot AI technology. There are several layers of development and progress with this toy that can educate and accelerate learning as well as having fun at the same time.
The program works in a horizontal coding system that reads left to right and helps children not only learn to code but how to read as well because each link of the code is labeled. The Cozmo Robot will move and perform tasks by the building of code that tells the robot what to do and when to do it. Cozmo will be able to move cubes, play games, and interact with humans in the same way the family pet would.
Through a smartphone or tablet, a child can use the drag and drop interface to use their fingers to slide the commands together onto the screen in a string of commands and piece together the actions he or she wants the robot to take in a chain link and the robot will then be able to perform the action. The child will be introduced to the very basics of coding and connecting the code to the robot. The coding will also include the games and emotions of the robot, and children will be able to add those aspects of the robot into the code.
To be able to earn and create new actions for Cozmo to perform you have to gain Sparks. The more Sparks you earn by making Cozmo perform certain tasks and play certain games will allow you to earn these points that you can use to unlock more commands and use as money to get new games and open higher levels of commands and actions for Cozmo to perform.
The app only works when the device is being used through WiFi, so it is recommended that you keep your device connected to your WiFi at all times. When you start up Cozmo, he will create a secure network for you to connect through; however, whenever you are not using Cozmo, he will disconnect from the WiFi and you will have to reconnect every time. Cozmo will never connect to the Internet, he will only operate through WiFi.
Quick tap: With this game, you compete with Cosmo to see who is the fastest. Both you and Cozmo get a cube and the cube will begin flashing and changing colors. At one point, both of your cubes will match and in that instance, the first one to tap their cube wins. But you can only tap the cube when it matches Cozmo’s. If you tap at the wrong time, you lose and Cozmo wins.
Memory Match: In a game similar to Simon, the cubes will begin to blink and make sounds in a pattern that grows longer and longer with each turn. You and Cozmo take turns hitting the cube and remembering the pattern. The one who remembers the longest pattern wins.
Keepaway: In this game, it’s Cozmo who has to be the quickest. Take a cube and place it as close to Cozmo a possible. He will be programmed to grab the cube and pull it close to him. Your objective is to grab the cube faster than Cozmo. If you’re too slow, Cozmo will get the point, so try to see if the human mind is quicker than the AI mind in this game of quick-acting skill.
You can then speak your name into Cozmo and he will learn and repeat your name associating your name with your facial recognition. Now, every time you start up Cozmo and look at him, he will say hello to you using your name and recognizing your face. With a little patience, Cozmo can do the same for your family pet, recognizing their face and repeating their name every time they see your dog, cat, or whatever pet your family loves.
Cozmo himself is made of durable materials that allow for him to fall off of tables, chairs, and other high surfaces without denting or scratching or becoming damaged. Cozmo can also be programmed to stop rolling when he reaches the edge of a table or surface to prevent him from falling to the ground.
Cozmo rolls round on two tank-like treads. Separate colored treads can be purchased and placed on Cozmo to change his color scheme. Some Cozmos are white and red while other models are black. Cozmo’s arms are like a farm tractor’s or a construction digging machine. Cozmo’s arms pick up objects and the arms swing above his head. Cozmo comes with three cubes for you to use when playing games, and he comes with a charger that is used to recharge him when he is not in use.
When you close out the Cozmo app he will make a sad face and then immediately start to snore as he goes into sleep mode. Cozmo can then be plugged into the wall to charge so that he is ready for the next time he is in use. Every time you start up Cozmo, he has to be reconnected to his WiFi, and he will then come alive recognize your face, say your name, and be ready to play.
The commands are all interchangeable and the combinations are endless. As the app updates, there are newer and more intricate commands for kids to access as long as easier levels have been unlocked and enough “Sparks” have been earned to cash in for newer commands. This system helps kids develop a sense for coding and developing a series of codes that will help Cozmo complete a certain task. This toy is the perfect gift of any child who is interested in tech and AI. There is no other toy on the market that can match what Cozmo can teach and do.