A new palm-sized robot looks set to become a favorite toy, equipped with a cheeky personality and hopes for a possible future entertainment franchise. Cozmo
,the microbot armed with sensors, motors and visual capabilities and controlled by a smartphone, is the latest product from San Francisco-based robotics startup Anki.
Boris Sofman is the Anki CEO:
“Cozmo’s very sophisticated, there’s almost 300 components that go inside of him, lot of computation, sensors, motors, he has a camera which he uses for computer vision to understand his environment, so as a character, he’s like this little robot buddy of yours, but he’s like a little newbie who starts out very basic”.
If it looks like a Pixar character, that is because Cozmo, out in October and priced at around €160, was inspired by the empathetic bots seen in animated films such as ‘Wall-E’ and co-designed by a former Pixar animator.