Cozmo Review (Anki)

Cozmo
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
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What It Is

Cozmo, is quite, simply, an amazing robot designed for fans 8 and up. Part toy, part friends, part technological marvel, you're about to fall in love with a mechanical being. The ability to form emotional ties to technical beings has been a staple of science fiction for many, many years, and now it's a reality.  

Cozmo comes in a package which like everything else about him, is beautifully designed. Setup and charging is very easy. After going through the startup guide, everything you need to know is in the app. You connect the Cozmo with your mobile device through his own built-in Wi-Fi hub, which we found to be easy and very stable, then dive in. The more you play with him, the more he does. He'll play games like "Keep Away" and "Fast-Tap," and he'll pick up his blocks and move them around, stack them, turn them, knock them over, and more. Plus, there's explorer mode, where you can see what Cozmo sees. 

When Cozmo is playing games, he can be a bit competitive, and sometimes a sore loser, which is really kind of cute. His expressive eyes and face are completely endearing, and when you turn him on, he really is happy to see you. Each day, you'll get new tasks that earn you energy points and sparks that you use to activate. One of the things we really loved was just turning him on and letting him explore. It really is like having a small pet keep you company while you work, and is always ready to play when you are. 

Cozmo will get more sophisticated over time, and regular app updates will give him more abilities that you can unlock, and we can't wait to see what he'll do next!

Is It Fun?
Playing with Cozmo is so much more than just playing with a traditional robot. It has a discernible personality that develops over time. He's actually quite competitive playing games and can even be a sore loser. But you'll find that at the higher levels of his games, he may be hard to beat. Don't blame Cozmo if he gloats.

This is really like having a pet that you can train and that will keep you company. His expressive eyes, and the way he can be taught to recognize you really give him a depth that we haven't seen in other robotic toys. 

You may even feel a little guilty if you have to go do other things. But don't worry. Cozmo will be thrilled to see you next time you're ready to play. 

Who It’s For
Kids ages 8 and up will love playing with this adorable little robot from Anki. We'd been playing with Cozmo for about a week before this review and we expect to be playing with him for months. 

The interface is so easy to work with, and the personality is so much fun that this isn't just for tech geeks. It's for anyone who would enjoy having a cute little robot to pal around with. 

What To Be Aware Of
As you might expect, all this elegant, sophisticated technology comes with an equally high price tag. Once you see what Anki has been able to do with this little guy, you'll probably agree that this is one of the best investments you can make in fun we've seen in a long time. Cozmo comes with a drive on/drive off charger and three interactive power cubes. You activate Cozmo via the Cozmo app, which works on either compatible Android or iOS devices. 


Cozmo comes with a quick start guide, and once you've got him going, everything else you need is delivered through the app. 

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy