So, my son has been clamoring for a robot ever since he saw Robi. While we couldn’t afford Robi (over $600), his dad got him another alternative — R2 Cady Wida — which sells for under $25. JJRC is a company well known for producing remote-controlled drones and cars but now it has decided to venture into a new market: remote-controlled toy robots (which are fast gaining popularity). At a glance, the Cady Wida has a slight resemblance to Robi but without the hefty price tag. For a sub-$25 toy, the features aren’t that impressive but it does guarantee a lot of fun and entertainment for kids aged 3 to 10 years old. Also, if a boy robot is not your child’s preference, there is a female version too called Cady Wini (its body is pink instead of blue).
When Jaycee got his first look at Cady Wida, he was jumping up and down with happiness as can be seen in our R2 video shown above. He could hold and carry Cady Wida easily as the size fits his hands and it’s not too heavy. For a toy, Cady Wida feels quite well built. It features mainly plastic parts, a nice glossy surface and stands about 10″ tall. It has eyes that light up and blink. It can also play music and “dance” along. It goes on “patrols”, avoiding obstacles along the way with the help of its two front-facing sensors.
So, first of all, after powering it up, Cady Wida will greet you. It speaks well enough though there are some recorded errors in its programmed responses. I also wish they had use a more child-like voice instead of an adult’s voice. Before it is switched off, it will also wish you goodbye. One feature that I like is its Stand-by mode where it will speak to you if you do not play with it every 20 seconds. At least this will remind the child to switch it off if he doesn’t want to play with it anymore.
Music is in almost all of its features and Cady Wida is pretty loud when it comes to music or sound effects. Parents with kids younger than 5 years should be careful not to allow their children to put Cady Wida’s speaker (located at the back of the head) too close to their ears. Parents can also lower the volume found on the included infrared remote control.
When you press the Demo button on the infrared remote control, Cady Wida will demonstrate what it is capable of doing like walking, dancing (rolling on its wheels), playing music and speaking. Pressing the Stop button will exit the current mode and turn it to Stand-by mode. Other modes include the Dance mode and the Patrol mode. In Dance mode, Cady Wida will begin to dance along with the music. In Patrol mode, when it detects obstacles in its way (such as a piece of furniture or wall), Cady Wida will say something like “Don’t stand in my way, please” or “Oh no! Rubbish in the way. Let’s go another way” and turn around to move away. Unfortunately, it cannot detect obstacles that are below the sensors.
One key feature of Cady Wida is its Gesture Control. With Gesture Control, you can command Cady Wida by waving your hand in front of it. Moving your hand towards it causes it to move backwards and moving your hand towards you causes it to move forward. Waving your hand to the left or right causes it to move in the direction you moved your hand. It seems fairly simple but this feature takes a bit of practice before you can get it to work properly.
Cady Wida does not have the complex AI required for human movements like sitting up or picking itself up after a fall. It only uses the four wheels at the bottom of its feet to assist it in moving around. It doesn’t actually lift its legs up when walking. Instead, it skates around on those four wheels with its legs moving back and forth to mimic walking. Sometimes, Cady Wida can topple over easily if it rolls across small grooves or uneven surfaces. And even though it has movable thumbs, they cannot actually move by themselves.
Cady Wida comes with a built-in battery that can be charged using a USB charger plugged directly into a port on its chest. With a full charge, it can operate for about 50 minutes to an hour. When its battery is running out, it will say “I am running out of power. Please recharge. Bye! Bye!”
For a child, Cady Wida provides plenty of fun and entertainment. In fact, Jaycee likes to press the buttons on the remote control to give Cady Wida different commands. He finds joy in making Cady Wida perform repeated commands too. As an adult, I enjoy listening to Cady Wida’s Music mode and watching the fun Jaycee has playing with Cady Wida. Therefore, costing only $25, it is my opinion that JJRC R2 Cady Wida isn’t perfect but it makes a nice and affordable gift for kids who have an interest in robots and machines.
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