We met for the last class, and ran through all of the scenes for the performance. Jill Tobin stopped by to video record all of the scenes, and patiently sat through our debugging. This is our first time incorporating two kinds of robots into a performance: NAO robots and Cozmo.
Cozmo is a robot developed by Anki. It is a pretty sophisticated little robot, especially considering its price. Cozmo can interact with humans and play games. Cozmo can also be programmed in a “drag and drop” environment using a tablet. The best part about Cozmo is the developer community. Cozmo can be programmed in Python, and there are lots of people creating programs and sharing their expertise. The capability to program Cozmo beyond the drag-and-drop environment on a tablet is what convinced me to add Cozmo to the group. Cozmo can connect to our network and communicate with the NAO robots. And while I won’t replace my NAO robots with Cozmo, I can certainly imagine many more scenes with lots of Cozmo robots running around the stage. I can’t wait to see what the next first-year seminar students do with these robots!
Our final performance will be held on Saturday, Oct 7, 2017, at 2:00 PM in Theatre B of the Theatre Building at the University of Iowa. I hope to see you there!