This one’s a really fun number – Cozmo is more than a robot toy, he’s the best toy robot for kids and adults.
Cozmo looks like an adorable lovechild of a tractor and a backhoe, and he has the attitude to prove it. You’d think he’d be more at home in a construction site than on top of your table, with a screen that shows his emotions and a personality that will keep you engaged and entertained for a long time to come.
It’s great for adults and a lot of fun for kids. Cozmo is a flexible, always evolving robotic entertainment device. Even toddlers won’t be able to resist this fidgety, moving little thing that also captures the hearts of adults and the attention of children almost as if without even trying.
Cozmo moves, grunts, plays with blocks and other things. He’s constantly evolving, with continual updates so he displays a certain style that slowly changes over time, and also tailors his attitude to whoever is playing with him, especially that he recognizes the faces of his playmates.
Unlike previous generations of entertainment devices and toys, Cozmo is is a different kind of robotic companion (or if you prefer to call him that, pet), built using modern AI technology that allows it to exhibit peculiar traits and hundreds of emotions that not only grows on you but keeps your friends in awe. In fact, in line with any true AI-powered machine today, Cozmo can recognize you by your face and can do a lot of other AI-related abilities (and shenanigans).
Best of all, that personality isn’t static and built-in. It’s already adorable and personable, yet it evolves over time and grows with every update.
What’s more, apart from the ease by which you can start using and be playing with Cozmo out of the box (especially compared to its other robotic devices) and play games, it also comes with Code Lab, which allows adults and kids access to program your unit visually and unlock Cozmo’s abilities (and yours) as well as your imagination.
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.2 x 10 inches
- Item Weight: 3 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Recommended Age: 8 years and up
- Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Review & Rating
- Very entertaining
- Has emotions and personality. Naughty or nice.
- Works well like a robot you'd see in movies
- Has artificial intelligence (AI) built-in
- Good amount of abilities
- Continually updated software, along with new emotions or abilities
- Community of users
- SDK (Software development kit). Cozmo is Programmable
- Still has tendency to fall off tables
- Just a tad cumbersome to set up for people who expect it to be a regular toy
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The Good: What We Like
It has just about everything you wanted in an entertainment machine or toy robot for kids (and secretly, adults as well, or even adults especially) in the past but couldn’t at the time, and more besides.
It has “real” AI (face recognition, commands), has loads of emotions, reacts to games and various situations, throws a pout or tantrum, and even does its own thing when you’re not looking.
You keep wondering what the little guy will do next. You can even watch in anticipation as he gets bored and starts fidgeting for something to do.
It’s adorable and keeps getting better with updates.
For those more inclined to beat this machine into submission, or who just want to squeeze out more functions, Cozmo has an SDK (software development kit) that you can code and extend his abilities even further.
The Bad: What We Don’t Like
The unit can have unreliable connectivity, and some of its irksome quirks actually don’t have anything to do with its operations and more about peripheral activities like a cumbersome password creation process.
Its ability to do a lot of things can also lend itself to problems, such as how its delicate components are built to be tough and durable, but can sometimes suffer from effects of its movements or (naturally) falls (such as from tabletops).
Playful Outside, All Robot Inside
Don’t be fooled by this seemingly un-mild-mannered “toy robot for kids.” It succeeds in its playful persona towards getting into the hands of as many happy owners as possible, but it is actually a modern-day robot throughout. In fact, its manufacturer’s founders are robotics engineers, and it shows. Cozmo is meant to be both a purely fun entertainment unit as well as a kind of companion (and succeeds) but is a full-fledged robot whose naughty disposition is a joy to observe.
Conclusion: Cozmo is Arguably the Most Advanced Toy Robot Today
Cozmo is a companion, pet, toy, research subject, you name it. He is the perfect answer to those who loved advanced toys many years ago that were just fine at the time but left you wishing they were more advanced, and more like a real robot that interacted with you rather than using tricks (and very limited at that) to seemingly respond.
Examples of such toy robots for children from 5 to 105 include Furby or Robosapien which were great for the technology at the time but were more like limited remote-controlled clever devices than the autonomous smart ones of today.
Cozmo, on the other hand, seems to be the opposite: It has no delusions of trying to act or be a robot and instead is meant for pure entertainment, but actually comes out so well received that it is perhaps the most advanced robotic toy today.
It is a real robot toy that recognizes your face, plays with you, plays by himself, and scurries along like a pet, but with his own brand of personality.
He is continually updated in software so he continues to advance, regardless of how incrementally. Just the way you’d expect a real robot would be. It just so happens that this one is built for entertainment, and succeeds in winning hearts that way.
Kids will love it. That is, unless the adults get to use it first.