Inspired Pixar’s classic hit “Wall-E,” a robotics company has created a tiny, palm-sized robot with a larger than life personality.
Cozmo is 2.5 inches tall and programmed to move, interact and express a wide variety of human emotions. The engineers at San Francisco-based Anki designed him using a combination of artificial intelligence, animation, and image and voice recognition.
The Silicon Valley toymaker hired a Pixar character director to lead the creation of Cozmo, along with five other animators who used traditional computer animation techniques to design his movements and reactions.
The robot can display anger, surprise, skepticism, boredom, happiness, sadness, annoyance among many other sentiments. He can lose his temper when he does not win a game and show off dramatically when he does.
“We're looking at the franchise as a studio for interactive characters and stories,” said Anki CEO Boris Sofman. “He wants to be this Jedi master but he's not quite there yet so he has to uncover his skills ... and you're there to help him.”
The robot, which comes with a set of sensor-embedded blocks, will be available for purchase from October only for $179.
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