Robots do much more than we humans can achieve - from painting millions of cars to exploring the depths of Mars. But a robot in a movie, say Bumble Bee in Transformers, is so much different. Bringing robots to “feel”, “understand” and “learn” from their surroundings has remained a challenge; thus we care much more about Bumble Bee than the robot that is digging the surface of Mars.
Well, making real life robots interact with their surroundings in a fun manner isn’t a challenge anymore thanks to Artificial Intelligence. Nonetheless, there hasn’t been a single new-age robot that really likes being around humans. Until now.
Anki has been known for its unique craziness of putting AI into toys. The Overdrive - the company’s first product - was a toy car racing game with a technological twist; each car had its own AI driving personality and the cars were laid out with sensors and wireless chips that would allow them to be controlled using a mobile phone app. Now, Anki is bringing forward this technology into a more sophisticated robot called Cozmo.
Cozmo is a robot with a powerful personality. Just like a human, it can identify things and people in its surroundings and react to it. With the help of an app, it can play games with you. The core interaction happens using eye expressions and voice, making the robot more than just a toy meant to be thrown around.
And this character can be accessed via the SDK that Anki is launching alongside this robot. While it looks and sounds like a toy, the Cozmo is a serious research tool and an amazing way to teach students to use artificial intelligence. The beta SDK allows the programmer to help Cozmo identify objects, move on a path and avoid obstacles, and recognise faces. And Anki says this is just the beginning.
With our SDK, you can program Cozmo to do something with a single line of code that once would have required a PhD-level expert in robotics and AI to achieve.
Hopefully, it is the beginning. Perhaps futures SDKs can allow the robot to tap into the power of a neural network and take complex decisions, or actively respond to voice or gesture-based requests. The possibilities are truly endless for a $180 package.
You can preorder a Cozmo for yourself at $159.99 and have it delivered to you in October 2016. Visit the official website^.
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