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Moxie is a Pixar-inspired robot backed by Toyota, Sony, Amazon, and Intel

Designed by Fuseproject with input from an ex-Jim Henson designer, Moxie is the new robot to watch.

Three years ago, I talked to a team of designers at Mattel who were so excited they could barely contain themselves. They had developed what they believed to be the next big hit for kids: An $300 AI speaker called Aristotle. It was essentially an Amazon Echo reimagined as a nanny to read to your children and keep them entertained, and it could connect to Barbies, Hot Wheels, and more Mattel toys. Yet within a year of its announcement, Aristotle got canned because parents freaked out about the privacy implications of a smart assistant in a child’s room.

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