This article first appeared in Kidsburgh.org which is published by NEXTpittsburgh.
In late 2019, Digital Dream Labs finalized a deal to acquire the rights to miniature robots from Anki, a Silicon Valley company going bankrupt. Digital Dream Labs founder and CEO Jacob Hanchar thought the tiny robots, Cozmo and Vector, filled a product need for his Pittsburgh-based ed-tech company.
“The worst-case scenario was we’ll make Cozmo robots, and we will just teach programming, and it will be introduced to schools that are our clients,” Hanchar says.
Hanchar didn’t expect Cozmo to attract attention from a video company that intends to make the cute little robot a global phenomenon. Sutikki, the company responsible for the UK children’s series, ”Moon and Me,” reached an agreement with Digital Dream Labs to produce an animated series starring Cozmo.