A Slightly Sugarcoated Robot


A smart robot, and one that can draw, too? Sounds cool! But, really is it all what it seems?

The Cue Robot and Sketch Kit by Wonder Workshop are not as sophisticated as advertised, considering Cue costs $200, and the Sketch Kit costs $40.

One can code, chat, and control their Cue, but, as they start to learn more about it, they will discover that this coding robot is slightly sugarcoated, at least for how much one has to pay.

First, opening the box to Cue, the owner can see that there is a limited amount of instructions included with the robot (instead, they are located on Wonder Workshop’s website, and it is not easily accessible). Everything else in the first parts of opening up Cue is cool and well thought-out. When Cue is first turned on, it welcomes with a voice with an accent. The person is instructed to get the Cue app. Now, because one of Cue’s main purposes is to code, the user needs a phone to do so. Consequently, the owner of Cue has to use their electronics way too much. Everything done with Cue must be done with a phone or tablet. The user of Cue can play games on their device, talk to Cue on their device, and control Cue on their device! The usage of the screen is a lot.

Next, in the Cue app, you can code, control, and chat with Cue. But, when one tries the coding section, it is either really easy to code, or it seems like the developers are trying to show off. For example, when the user completes a tutorial, he or she unlocks demo. In the demos, there are long, long lines of coding, and the owner doesn’t even get to learn how to do it! The coding is so confusing unless the person knows how to code.

While all four of Cue’s components are cool, an accessory that the components can be used for has some problems. Sketch Kit is an accessory for Cue, and it attaches to the robot and allows it to draw. The idea for the Sketch Kit is ambitious, but it has a flaw: the markers that come with it are for a whiteboard, therefore owning one is necessary. The whiteboard mat that Wonder Workshop has designed is an extra $100, which is really annoying due to the already-high prices for Cue and its accessory.

The Cue Robot and Sketch Kit are terrific ideas, but the way that they have to be used is not the best. Cue needs a few adjustments, such as less screen-using, fewer glitches, and cheaper prices. Sketch Kit could be improved, as well. Looking on the bright side, the robot and its accessory can be used in some imaginative ways. The suggested age for Cue is 11 and up, but I would recommend these toys to any kids over the age of 8 because it is easy to use if the person knows how to control the app.