It can’t cook for you or do your homework, but Cue is an exciting new robot toy from Wonder Workshop that can do amazing things. It can respond to voice and touch, and can be programmed and customized the way you want. You must have a smartphone with a downloadable app to operate Cue.
Cue’s design is similar to Dash – another robot Wonder Workshop released in 2015 – but with a darker color scheme, unless you want a special edition white version that has black buttons. Cue also comes with two pieces that can be put on the robot’s ears or body. They are compatible with Lego and Bionicle sets and can be used to “accessorize” your robot.
A bit smaller than a soccer ball, Cue doesn’t have arms or legs; it moves with three wheels on its bottom. The two front wheels move forward and back, and the smaller back wheel allows Cue to turn easily in any direction. It also has lights on its ears and chest that can change color.
Cue comes with a charger, but it’s ready to use right out of the box. Unfortunately, the only hard part of using this robot is getting it out. I really liked the box Cue came in and wanted to save it, but that was almost impossible. I wound up having to destroy the box to release the robot from its prison.
Next, you need to download the free app for Cue. The app is available in Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Apps, and will work for newer phones or tablets that have Bluetooth, but it will not work for all devices. There isn’t a manual for Cue, but it tells you what you need to do to set up the app and choose an avatar.
There are four avatars you can choose from: Two male and two female, each with a different voice and personality. It’s best to choose wisely and try the demo of each avatar because it costs 5 dollars to get another.
Now, you can start playing with your new robot! The app has multiple features on it. On the “Control” mode, you can drive Cue around using the device as a remote control. You can drive your robot in any direction at different speeds. The controls are a bit complicated and require some practice. You can also just have Cue follow your hand (I would recommend only using this feature in a large room because Cue might sense a wall and still drive into it) or let it explore the area on its own; you could make an obstacle course for your robot and see if it’s clever enough to escape!
You can also chat with Cue through the app. This feature is like texting, but you can interact with the robot in real life as well. You can tell Cue to change its lights to a different color (even colors like gold or turquoise), have it respond to you, ask it to tell you a joke, or just have a simple conversation.
Overall, Cue is a great toy, its only defect being the box. It says it’s for ages 11 and up, but I would recommend it for anyone ages 8 and up who are interested in coding. There’s always something new to discover with this robot; I don’t think I’ve even seen everything it can do! In most places, it costs about 200 dollars, and in my opinion, is worth the price. Cue is definitely a gift that will be enjoyed for a long time!