Most of us have been conditioned to view robots as taciturn semi-human machines that can perform various tasks on our behalf. It is therefore refreshing to come across a robot that is purely meant to entertain us. Cozmo is one such robot: an intelligent, emotional robot with which you can have meaningful interactions and play fairly complex games.
The concept behind the Cozmo robot
We have always had toys that we could play games with. Under that paradigm, the toys were ‘tools’ that we could use to play games. Cozmo is different. It is not a toy. It is a robot: one that you can play games against. It is an active competitor. It is the (intelligent and emotional) ‘rival’ you will be playing against. It is not a tool to play with, but rather, an active competitor to play against.
As you play against Cozmo, you get to win sometimes, and it also wins sometimes. When it wins, it shows a joyful emotion. Conversely, when it loses, it shows a sorrowful emotion. A toy could never be that sophisticated… Perhaps it makes sense for us, at this point, to stop referring to Cozmo as ‘it’, and instead refer to the robot as ‘him’ – because the robot shows genuine human-like intelligence and human-like emotions. The combination of human-like intelligence and human-like emotions gives rise to a discernible personality. And that is where the description of Cozmo being ‘a robot with personality’ arises from.
What you will love about Cozmo
There are at least four key things that you are bound to love about Cozmo:
Cozmo’s intelligence: this is something we have already made reference to. In a nutshell, Cozmo has a mind of his own. Cozmo is able to learn, as you continue playing and otherwise interacting with him. As time goes, Cozmo even seems get to a point of being able to anticipate your moves!
Cozmo’s emotions: again, this is something we have already alluded to. When something positive happens to Cozmo, he shows a joyful emotion (in an unambiguous manner). And when something negative happens to Cozmo, he shows a sorrowful emotion – again, in an unambiguous manner. Thus Cozmo is not the typical taciturn robot. Cozmo is a companion with a personality, a companion you will enjoy spending time with.
Cozmo’s easy set up: upon receiving a Cozmo shipment, it is possible to set up the entire robot and start playing with ‘him’ within five minutes. The package comes with pretty much everything you need: the robot itself, a set of power cubes and a charger. The only ‘extra’ thing you will need (outside of the shipment) is the Cozmo app, which is available free of charge for both Android and iOS. So you just download the app, install it on your smart-phone or tablet, and run it, in order to start interacting with Cozmo (via the robot’s own inbuilt Wi-Fi connector).
Cozmo’s ability to evolve: as you continue interacting with Cozmo, the robot seems to become even more sophisticated in terms of the things ‘he’ can do. With time, more features are unlocked (as you win games, for instance). This means that Cozmo is not a simple pre-programmed robot you are likely to get bored with easily. There are new and fresh points of interaction every day, as new features keep on being unlocked. And as you interact with Cozmo, you soon realize that ‘he’ is not just a children’s plaything. On the contrary, Cozmo is a truly sophisticated robot that even an adult can have enjoyable and meaningful interactions with.
Where to buy Cozmo robot
You can buy the Cozmo robot from Amazon at: