Cozmo is a real-life robot like you've only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out.
Cozmo expresses real emotions in response to your actions.
Compatible iOS or Android device and free downloadable Cozmo app required. New games and upgrades are unlocked the more you play.
Durability and security have been rigorously tested.
The Cozmo SDK Beta is a connected robotics platform for makers, hobbyists, educators and researchers. More details at developer.anki.com.
Say hello to Cozmo, a gifted little guy with a mind of his own. He's a real-life robot like you've only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out. He'll nudge you to play and keep you constantly surprised. Cozmo’s your accomplice in a crazy amount of fun.
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4 Stars By book_thief on 2016-10-16 Promising with a lot of potential I preordered Cozmo about 3 months ago, so I was able to receive him 2 days before the official release.
I’ve only had him for 2 days, but here are some first impressions.
Pros: - Set up was fairly simple and painless, and I was able to start playing with Cozmo within 5 minutes of taking him out of the box. - Cozmo reminds me a lot of Disney’s Wall-E. He’s a robot, but it’s easy to feel like he has emotions. The animations that his eyes play, and his subtle movements really go a long way to make him feel more realistic. Cozmo will nudge you to play with him, bring a block up to you and ask you to play a game with him, or even act upset if he can’t accomplish what he’s trying to do. - There are only two games that you can play with Cozmo right now, and he gets better the more you play with him. However, there really needs to be a variation as these two games can get tiring easily. - Cozmo has an “adventure” mode, where you can drive him around like a remote control car and see things through his point of view. This is one of my favorite features of his. - The companion mobile app gives you daily goals to motivate you to interact with Cozmo more. I’ve found that this is mostly why I’ve been play with Cozmo day after day.
Cons: - You interact with Cozmo by having the app open, and it is only when the app is open that Cozmo is “alive” and roaming around. This feels really inconvenient for me. I imagined that I would be able to just let Cozmo roam around as I did my own thing, but this can’t happen unless the app is on at all times. This also makes it impossible to takes pictures or videos of Cozmo while playing with him. - The app connects to Cozmo through Cozmo’s own WiFi network, which means you have to disconnect from your correct Wifi / mobile network, and pair with Cozmo. This has prove inconvenient in many instances. Sometimes my phone is still connected to Cozmo and I forget about it, causing my phone to not have internet without me remembering why. Other times it’s simply a hassle to have to connect to a new Wifi network every time I want to play with Cozmo. I wish he was connected through Bluetooth instead. - The 3 cubes that come with Cozmo aren’t rechargeable, so I’m worried that they’ll quickly die without any way to replace their batteries. - I’ve only spent about 2 hours total with Cozmo so far, but it seems like I’ve already unlocked all his available features and games. At first I was very engaged because I wanted to help him unlock more moves and get better at games. However, now that all the moves have been unlocked, I’m less prone to interact with Cozmo.
The thing I’m most excited about now is playing with Cozmo’s SDK, which will hopefully allow me to unlock more of his potential and create abilities for him myself.
Other than that, I’ve realized that a lot of the experience of owning Cozmo comes from discovering things that you didn’t expect. He’s like a new pet that you’re still trying to figure out. For $180, it’s a hefty price for this small robot. I probably wouldn’t recommend getting it for kids under 12 just to entertain them, as I can see them getting bored of Cozmo after a few days. Most of the potential seems to be in the SDK that’s open to developers who wish to further develop Cozmo. Other than that, unless Anki starts coming out with new games and features for Cozmo, I can’t see this product being a good gift to keep kids occupied.
UPDATE : I just spent a bit of time with the SDK, and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to set things up (although it's worth noting that I am a full-time software engineer). I was able to issue custom commands to Cozmo within 5 minutes. There are 10+ scripts that are included in the examples from Anki, and I was able to run all of them successfully with ease. My favorite ones were having Cozmo sing the scale, setting an alarm with Cozmo, and having Cozmo patrol and detect intruders in your room. The fact that Cozmo has the potential do these these type of tasks gives me a lot of hope about what the future holds. I'm pretty excited about writing some more custom scripts of my own to test the limits of Cozmo.
5 Stars By Steve M. on 2016-10-16 Cozmo quick-tapped his way into our hearts . . . OK, we've had Cozmo for two days. The Anki website pre-order arrived as promised, two days before general release. I'll continue to update this review as we play with him more and his abilities expand, but here are my first thoughts:
SUMMARY ========== Wow, this little guy is Amazing! Overall, he holds up 100% to the promise that Anki made in their videos and promo materials. That's rare in tech today. The critical question straight away: "Is he worth the rather hefty (for a toy) price tag?" I can say yes (5 stars) for TWO reasons: FIRST, having purchased many other toys of this type for my four kids (ages 3 to 11), Cozmo is the MOST FUN right out of the box. We own two Lego Mindstorms EV3 sets, a $700 investment, but Cozmo's learning curve is much easier and ALL the kids can play with him. My 3-year-old girl especially finds him adorable (and Cozmo throws tantrums just like she does, so perhaps that's why!), but the older two (10 and 11) like him for a different purpose, which is actually the SECOND reason from above: they are both learning Python from online courses, so we anticipate using the Python-based SDK and I'll update this review when we've taken the time to download it. Right now it's too much fun unlocking the different levels and completing the goals, so we can't foresee getting bored anytime soon.
WHO SHOULD BUY (TARGET CUSTOMER?) ======================================= My friend at work has been making fun of my pre-order countdown for Cozmo's arrival, but he's at a different stage of life. I have younger kids and they are heavily into learning games (which is why I decided to start Learn Richly, see my site in my profile), so if you're like me and you have some older and some younger kids, Cozmo can entertain them all. I think adults or teens who don't want to program will get tired of him, but for me and my family, it's been worth the wait. You need to have a good mobile device (we use an iPad) and need to have a big table (we have a cheap plastic folding one), but otherwise those are the only requirements. Cozmo is fun for my 4 kids, ages 3, 6, 10 and 11, and I enjoy playing his more difficult games as well (I'm quickly approaching 40, so hopefully Cozmo's reaction-time games will keep me spry). If you're more into video games and aren't a robot freak, you may feel differently. I grew up with Johnny 5 as a kid and fell in love with Wall-E in my 20s, so Cozmo is the first character I've owned that truly pays homage to those lovable, laughable droids, especially their feeling of "sentience."
WHAT'S INCLUDED =================== --Cozmo --Charging base with USB cord attached (be careful, it feels somewhat thin and isn't detachable) that can charge Cozmo's tiny battery VERY quickly --2-amp USB charger, also useful for my phone or iPad --Typically useless quick-start guide (I've never been patient enough to read these types of things until days later or never) --Excellent packaging, suitable for long-term storage and display of Cozmo (if you own a GoPro, it's a candy-color yellow cardboard copy of GoPro's all-plastic display stand packaging from Hero3/4)
BUT WHAT CAN HE *DO*? ====================== He "learns" and "grows", which just means you have to play with Cozmo to keep unlocking various abilities, and fortunately there's no way, yet, to buy more coins or whatnot like a typical ripoff mobile game. If they start doing this, I'll be pretty mad, having invested a sizable chunk upfront and not wanting in-app purchases to tempt my little ones. Right now we've unlocked 4 "apps" (see my photo attached to this review): --"Meet Cozmo", where he takes your picture and learns your name (pretty silly, but the young kids love it) --"Quick Tap", which gets uber-hard when you have 4 colors and Cozmo is feeling his oats. The older kids hate this mode since it's pretty challenging. I personally think the hard mode is pretty stinkin' fun, and it's definitely a clever use of the cubes. --"Keepaway", which is enthralling for my 3-year-old. Having no younger siblings, she never gets to play this where she can actually win, but now she's winning against Cozmo about half the time. It's not hard at all for the older kids, but it's still hilarious to listen to the suspenseful orchestra music from the iPad and watch the hysterics Cozmo performs when he's trying to fake you out. --"Explorer Mode", similar to driving mode on my Dash robot. Great for younger kids, especially to let them drive using the camera's live view on the iPad. I haven't tested the range for this yet, but with Wi-Fi I suspect it's pretty far. See the monochrome photo attached, and make sure you're NOT on a table for this one, since it would be easy to drive off.
Other abilities we had unlocked by Day 2: Picking up cubes, pouncing on fingers (just like a cat), stacking up his blocks and then knocking them over, rolling a cube, and (maybe tomorrow!) popping a wheelie. I like it when he pounces, but the other abilities aren't as exciting. I imagine the SDK will make these shine, and I'm giving Anki future credit on this (not having tried the SDK yet) because the other features have all been delivered at launch.
DURABILITY / SETUP / LIFE-SPAN =============================== I'll keep updating this review for any future problems, but the only thing that's been less than stellar is the need to connect to Cozmo's Wi-Fi. Why they didn't use Bluetooth or something else is beyond me, but it's silly for my iPad to stay connected to Cosmo instead of my home unless I specifically disconnect him first. I understand why they needed to do this, I suppose (Cozmo has no buttons and they wanted a secure, random password), but it seems like Bluetooth must be inside Cozmo somewhere or the little power cubes wouldn't function (if those aren't using BT 4.0/LE, then I'm baffled at what else they could have worked out). So the setup went fine for me, but I've been through this routine before with other Wi-Fi devices. If it's new to you, just follow the steps in the app and hope you don't have to do it very often.
For durability, I haven't dropped Cozmo yet, but if you do use a table, make sure there's carpet underneath in case he backs up and falls off. The downward sensors are ONLY in the front, so when he loses a game and is close to the edge, he may fall off. The price is quite high to put into the hands of a child who is possibly going to drop him or break his front arm-thingies, so be appropriately cautious.
Will he last forever? No, but I'm guessing he'll last long enough. There's nothing that I'd really take as super fragile, so if your kids/friends/curious pets don't treat him too roughly and you obey my carpet rule from above, I would guess you'll get at *least* a year from Cozmo. The power cubes have a little "LR1" alkaline battery (I had never seen one of these before--it's about the same shape as if you cut off the bottom half of a AA battery) that will need replacement eventually, but this being BTA-MALL it looks like you can buy them easily for a buck or two, depending on qty. See photo attached. There's no hard off switch, so these batteries MUST deplete themselves even without use (if you know how long they last in storage, please comment!), so if you want to put Cozmo away for a while, remember to remove these batteries.
In summary, I think Cozmo will be a well-loved toy or Christmas gift for a youngster on your list. He can be a joy right out of the box, but also grow as you learn the very simplified SDK (which uses a REAL computer language, Python). In short, instead of changing tools when your kids want to learn about coding, you can stay with Cozmo to let them explore robotics and programming, AI and computer vision. Just don't let Cozmo get too smart and take over the place!
If you liked this review and found it useful, please comment and I'd love to answer questions.
5 Stars By DalGoda on 2016-10-18 A Genuine Robot Companion I was prepared to be disappointed by this little gizmo, but I had hopes. Those hopes were rewarded when I finally set him up on the dining room table and woke him up. the word "cute" is over used, so I will try to avoid that cliche', but this little fella is pretty darn close to adorable. Set up was easy, but keep in mind, you must download and install the app on your phone first. He connects via Wi-Fi, so emails and status updates on your phone will have to wait until playtime is over. The step by step guide is peppered with humor, and the onscreen instructions are simple to follow. I had to be in a well lit area before his face recognition system kicked in, seems he couldn't get a good look with a ceiling light directly behind my head. I am not lying when I say that my heart melted a little when he looked up and said my name.
At the moment, there are two real games to play with him. One is "Keep Away", which is fun, and not as easy of a win as a human might think. The other is a "Color Match" game using his flashing cubes. We're up to 3 colors per cube, and that can be a little dicy. Again, not as simple to win these games as one might think. When he wins, he does a little celebration, when you win, he gets frustrated and can pout a bit. If Cozmo wants to play a game and you say "No" he will be a little sad, but just for a little while.
You accrue points as you complete daily tasks or activities. These can then be used to unlock features and behaviors. Took a little while but I managed to get to the activity when you take control of him. You see through his camera and steer him around. All the while he is commenting in his special language. The best part, in my opinion is his reaction when you break that rather invasive connection. I really wish there was an option to take a picture through his "eyes". I have yet to try a simple screenshot from the phone. That may work.
He comes in an attractive box, that holds his charger, three cubes, as well as Cozmo. If you are careful, you can reuse the clamp that holds him in place for safekeeping.
I did notice that my cellphone sure ate up its battery while I was engaged with Cozmo. The next time I made sure that the phone was plugged in. The phone also seemed rather warm, but that could be because I do own a Samsung, and one of their features is the comfort of excess heat.
There are supposed to be future updates and games coming. He is also supposed to continue to learn and display behaviors and emotions. I don't think he will actually go back to and sit in his charger, as I have had to manually place him there each time. I also don't think he can hear you. Lack of hearing might be a good thing since I don't want him getting any ideas when I am watching Westworld.
Yes, he is a little on the expensive side, but you do get quite a bit, and there is the "Wow factor" and the unmentioned "cuteness". I am sure a child would get a big kick out of this item, but not sure what age is best for unsupervised play. In any event, adults will likely get just as much enjoyment from this delightful, and sometimes cantankerous little robot. There are so many little things that will be a joy to discover on your own. Cozmo does have the makings to be a real entertaining robot companion. Just wait until he looks up at you and says your name.
5 Stars By isYoung on 2017-07-15 Best robot! What can I say about this little adurable robot Cozmo. Love love love. It plays game showes feeling. Great buddy for my son. My very satisfy purchase!
5 Stars By cefriel on 2016-12-29 favorite christmas toy for 4/6year old favorite christmas toy for 4/6year old. definitely requires adult input at this age, but so cute and interactive. they love and are mesmerized watching on the countertop. seems like a lot to do...games, etc. only had it for a few days. easy install. well made.
5 Stars By Sammy on 2016-12-07 The only disappointment: after a few days one of the cubes ... Cozmo is the biggest hit EVER in my family. The only disappointment: after a few days one of the cubes does not light up anymore although the battery has been changed! Do you know a remedy? It makes playing with him difficult. Kind Regards, Brigitte Mason
5 Stars By David on 2017-01-05 Great fun! I bought 2 of these for my 6 y/o twin daughters. Of everything they got for Christmas, this is by far their favorite gift. Besides being fun, this interactive little robot develops eye hand coordination and even memory skills. I can't wait to see what future updates provide. My wife and I have even found ourselves enjoying them. Besides being a great toy for all ages, Anki has the most unbelievable, satisfying, and prompt customer service I have ever received. This company stands behind their products like no other. Reporting an issue on the website activates a customer experience service like I've never seen. I'm grateful beyond words and I will be a future Anki customer.
4 Stars By C.P. on 2016-11-12 He is adorable and fun to play with He is adorable and fun to play with. He met my expectations as he is a toy with room to grow (ability-wise). Have not messed around with the SDK programming yet. He's been good to play with for some quick down time/casual play. If you expecting him to be a personal assistant or something along those lines, this is not the robot for you. I just wanted him because he reminded me of the little cleaning robot M-O in WALL-E.
5 Stars By Lloyd F. on 2016-10-30 Now this is a very fun and powerful little robot maybe 4 by 3 inches ... Now this is a very fun and powerful little robot maybe 4 by 3 inches or so but wow! So much in a small package, good job.
5 Stars By Josh Y. on 2017-03-21 So cute! This was a gift for my little brother, this little robot is so cute and amazing. It definitely hits the description. I'd definitely would check out the YouTube videos of cosmo. The games are fun and there are more updates coming soon too! Very fun enjoyable toy