Anki’s Cozmo SDK is coming this fall: Here’s what it’s like to code the robot with emotions

For grown adults, there’s no better feeling than coming across a gadget or toy that makes you feel young again – that’s what makes Anki’s newest robot, Cozmo, so charming.

The robot, reminiscent of Wall-E and Eve in one body, is designed to look and feel like a Pixar character come to life. His facial animations and body movements are incredibly fun to interact with, but underneath all this cuteness are some serious robotics that Anki wants to share with developers and researchers to turn Cozmo into the ultimate learning tool.

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When Cozmo becomes available in October, Anki will release SDKs to let developers create their own Cozmo functions. The SDK simplifies complex functions, like path planning and facial recognition, into a single line of code which makes complicated tasks extremely easy to program.

I sat down with Anki co-founder Hanns Tappeiner and tried out a few programs. We started with simple tasks, like having Cozmo react curiously if he sees a face he hadn’t seen before (i.e. mine versus Tappeiner’s.) As you can see in the screenshot below, Cozmo can also tell if I was smiling, neutral, or sad.

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