JJRC R3 CADY WILL (In-Depth Review)
The JJRC R3 CADY WILL is one of two larger robots in JJRC’s lineup of toy robots. It is also the most advanced of the three in terms of features yet still costs just $43 shipped at GearBest. Though not exactly a highly advanced humanoid robot, the value it offers is incredibly good.
Especially if you have children at home who are fascinated with machines and robots, the R3 will provide many hours of fun and entertainment. Due to its size, the R3 is more suited to older children compared to its smaller sibling — the R2. Both the R2 and the R3 share similarities in features although there are some differences. The R3, for example, does not have the Patrol mode.
- Gesture and touch control
- Approximately 1 to 2 hours battery life
- Infrared Remote Control included
- Sing and Dance
- Missile and “laser” canon
- Mechanical Voice
- Movement Programming
- Face with LED lights
While the R2 looks a bit like a docile domestic helper, the R3 looks like a larger version of the R2 on steroids. In fact, it is about three to four times larger than the R2. It is not only larger, it 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.
Though it may look aggressive and buffed up, the R3 actually has a soft side too. It can sing and dance and speaks in a friendly tone. The R3 has various pre-programmed functions that lets it perform certain tasks, like dancing to music. Speaking of music, the R3 has a nice collection of catchy tunes that it plays randomly. It can also respond when you interact with it. For example, it can tell you to stop touching its head if you place your palm on its head. Touch control is a feature not found on the R2.
Both arms can also respond to touch. Touching the right shoulder, for example, will activate the missile or projectile weapons and the R3 will raise its right arm to fire a missile. It can also complain and joke if you pick it up and hold its body in a horizontal position.
Like the R1 and R2, the R3 also comes with a remote controller that lets you manually control its movements or trigger its pre-programmed functions. The R3’s controller is the more advanced of the three models because it uses 2.4G radio instead of infra-red (IR) as featured on the R2 and R1. Unlike IR, 2.4G radio does not require a clear line-of-sight to function.
One key feature on the R3 is Gesture Control which lets you direct the R3 by using hand gestures. Place your palm in front of the sensors located on its body, move your palm forward and the R3 will automatically move backwards once it detects your gesture. To move it forward, you need to move your palm away from it. Getting it to move left or right requires you to swipe your palm left or right.
It seems easy on paper, but Gesture Control is something that takes a bit of practice because the R3 isn’t exactly good at registering what your palm is doing. This is particularly true when you’re trying to get it to turn left or right.
Unlike the R2 which has a built-in battery, the R3 features a removable battery that has a proprietary casing. It slots in at the back like a small backpack. With each full charge, the battery can provide power for about 1 to 2 hours of play time.
The R3 moves around by “walking”. In other words, it doesn’t actually walk but rather mimics the motion of walking and uses four motorized rollers at the bottom of its feet to actually move around. Being a sub-$50 toy robot means the R3 lacks the sophistication that a more expensive robot such as the Nao has to perform real walking movements.
Overall, I feel the R3 has a more robust design than the R2. Thanks to its larger size, it is less likely to topple over when sliding over uneven surfaces — a problem which affects the R2. It also comes with a 2.4G remote controller which performs better than the cheaper IR controllers.
The JJRC R3 CADY WILL is a robot toy that will fascinate any kid with sound, light and some cool robotic moves. For those who cannot afford more sophisticated robots that cost above $200, the R2 is a nice alternative that offers plenty of value. It is currently available at GearBest for $43 shipped. Click here for more details.
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