Toymaker Anki introduces pint-sized AI robot

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At an Apple Conference three years ago, the startup Anki officially started its engine. Anki’s mobile controlled cars were off to the races, becoming one of the holiday’s seasons best-selling toys.

CCTV America’s Mark Niu reports.

Toymaker Anki introduces pint-sized AI robot

Toymaker Anki introduces pint-sized AI robot

At an Apple Conference three years ago, the startup Anki officially started its engine. Anki’s mobile controlled cars were off to the races, becoming one of the holiday’s seasons best-selling toys. CCTV America’s Mark Niu reports.

Anki never thought of itself as just a remote-control car company. In fact, right from the very beginning, it had a vision of its next product- Cozmo.

While Anki’s cars have 30 parts, Cozmo is an AI-driven pint-size robot with more than 300 components, including three computer processors and computer vision that allow it to recognize objects and faces.

“The end result is a character that feels like he’s alive and actually responding to what’s going on whether he’s playing a game or meeting a new person or just messing around and exploring an environment. The goal is to make him feel like he’s alive,” Anki Co-Founder and CEO, Boris Sofman said.

The $180 Cozmo comes out of the box somewhat like a newborn or a pet.


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