As a surprise for his birthday, Jaycee’s dad presented him with two RC robots (one was sponsored by Gearbest) from the JJRC lineup. You can read about JJRC R2 Cady Wida here. The bigger brother is JJRC R3 CADY WILL. It costs just $43 shipped at GearBest.
Everyone, especially children, has a fascination with artificial intelligent (A.I.) robots. While not really an A.I. robot, Cady Will does provide many hours of fun and entertainment and closely resemble more expensive authentic AI robots such as the Robi and Nao. Both Cady Wida and Cady Will share some similarities but there are differences, for example, Will can ‘launch missiles’.
- Gesture and touch control
- Approximately 1 to 2 hours of battery life
- Infrared Remote Control included
- Sing and Dance
- Missile and “laser” canon
- Mechanical Voice
- Movement Programming
- Face with LED lights
Cady Will is the older brother because he is bigger and has more “muscle” than Cady Wida. In fact, Will is about three times larger than Wida. Though it looks buffed up, Will actually has a ‘gentle’ side too; it can sing, dance and speaks in a friendly tone. Will has various pre-programmed functions like dancing to music, playing catchy songs, launching missiles or shooting his ‘light’ canon. Ironically, despite being much larger and more aggressive-looking, Will actually speaks with a child’s voice while the smaller Wida has an adult voice.
Cady Will has arms that can respond to touch. For example, touching the right shoulder activates the missile or projectile weapons. It can also complain and joke that you are making it dizzy if you pick it up and hold its body in a horizontal position. It is larger, has a more aggressive look and two arms that double as “weapons” — the right arm can fire projectiles while the left arm features a “light” canon.
Cady Will also comes with a remote controller that lets you manually control its movements or trigger its pre-programmed functions. The controller uses 2.4G radio which is better as it does not require a clear line-of-sight to function like the infrared (IR) control on other models.
Gesture Control is one of the key features of Cady Will which lets you use hand gestures to ‘command’ it. Place your hand in front of the sensors (located on Will’s body) and move it forward away from the body. Then, Cady Will will automatically move forward once it detects your gesture. To move Will backwards, move your hand towards it. Getting it to move left or right requires you to swipe your hand left or right.
It sounds fun but I found out that Gesture Control takes a bit of practice because Will’s sensors cannot really register what my hand is doing, especially if I move too fast. This mostly happens when I’m trying to get it to turn left or right.
Will comes with a removable battery that has a proprietary casing. It is located at the back like a small backpack. Fully charged, the battery can provide power for about 1 to 2 hours of play time. Will moves around using four motorized rollers at the bottom of its feet. It moves around quite steadily and confidently, unlike Cady Wida which looks as if it may topple over sometimes.
Overall, Cady Will is a more sturdy robot than Cady Wida which is as it should be being the bigger brother. Thanks to its larger size, it doesn’t topple over when sliding over uneven surfaces. It also comes with a 2.4G remote controller which performs better than the cheaper IR controllers.
The JJRC R3 Cady Will is a toy robot that offers any kid plenty of fun with sound, light and cool robotic moves (shooting canon missiles). It is currently available at GearBest for $43 shipped. Click here for more details.