(Anki $179 &up)
We've written about Anki Cozmo before -- he's a spunky little robot that has a personality that our testers really liked. Cozmo has facial expressions, words of sorts, and will recognize and try to engage you to play various games. Like a younger sib, Cozmo doesn't tire of asking again and again. He's small, but he has a mind of his own — he knows what he likes. Cozmo is compatible with both iOs and Androids. Like the original, it's controlled with the APP and the more you play, the more games that become available to you. Cozmo is real-life robot like you've only seen in the movies. The big news is that this year kids can program him, so it has STEM value as well as lots of personality. There are two versions, the white original that looks like a bot from a Pixar film, and a collector's edition that is steely grey and black, for a decidedly more tween/teen appeal. The updated app has more games and activities to play with the adorable droid, but being able to program him using drag'n'drop programming takes robotic play to the next level. Also new this year are option colored treads to give customize the look of your little blue-eyed robot.
Ages: Tweens, Teens
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award 2017
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