Cozmo by Anki

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For decades, we’ve seen charismatic robots come to life in Hollywood films. But the question always remained, could a true robot companion really exist in our lifetime? Powered by advanced robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision, Cozmo is one of the most sophisticated consumer robots available today.

Cozmo fits in the palm of your hand but has a brain that processes more data per second than all the Mars Rovers combined. He was built by a team of some of the best and most experienced people across a variety of disciplines including roboticists, animators, designers, engineers and many others.

Cozmo deserves to win a Kapi because he provides both entertaining interactions and an emotional connection that’s never been possible between human and robot. Robots with comparable capabilities are typically found in research labs for thousands of dollars and stand several feet tall.

Smarts aside, Cozmo’s heart and soul rests within his emotion engine, which evolves as you develop a bond. He’s brought to life with complex facial expressions, a host of emotions, and his own voice, language and soundtrack.

Cozmo is a pioneer for the idea of physical characters coming to life.