AI has conquered everything now, including many homes with kids. It has made it into the world of toys, making play time more interactive and more interesting. Here are two AI toys to check out:
- Cozmo. Released October 17, 2018, Cozmo is the newest toy from Anki—a new startup from San Francisco. It is a fun attempt at bringing expanding AI and robotics to consumers. Other companies concentrate on using AI and robots for government, advanced computing, and defense. Anki believes that AI toys will establish a stronghold in consumer homes. Smart toys such as Cozmo will proliferate from 8 Million to about 421 Million by the year 2020.
Though there have been toy companies such as Hasbro and Mattel that have been making high-tech Furby and Barbie toys, Cozmo is very different. It is a smart toy that interacts with objects and people. This connection allows Cozmo’s software to learn. The moment it is activated, Cozmo’s sensors and cameras enable it to recognize several people and avoid accidents such as bumps and falls. According to Anki, by December, Cozmo will be recognizing new words and pets. Anki’s president, Hanns Tappeiner, says that input triggers will always impact Cozmo’s advanced behavior.
- Smartibot. This is a DIY, educational toy for children and adults who are interested in robotics. Makers at The Crafty Robot say that Smartibot is the first AI robot made of cardboard. The AI in this toy can detect objects in real time. It can recognize vehicles, people, and pets, then follow them automatically.
This AI toy has two variants—a unicorn and a tea-bot. The unicorn has a cardboard horn and the tea-bot has cup holders, enabling it to deliver drinks. You can attach its parts to an object such as a potato or a toy car and turn it into a personal robot.
These two AI toys prove that robots can truly capture and stimulate anyone’s imagination. Robots, combined with various personalities, can make technology more appealing and relatable. They can truly be part of the lives of children as they grow up.
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