I recently got the opportunity to play with two of Wonder Workshop’s newest robots: the Dot Creativity Kit and Cue. Both the Dot and Cue are designed to help kids find an interest in pursuing coding. The smaller and simpler to use Dot is aimed at children ages six and up, while Cue is designed to incorporate a slew of much more complex commands and built for ages eleven and older.
Wonder Workshop has some amazing bots here. I had way more fun messing around with Cue, but as it’s aimed at older audiences, that’s hardly a surprise. You can buy Dot right now for $49.99, but the full Creativity Kit is currently only available for preorder at $79.99. The more advanced Cue is available for preorder for $199.99. Both preorders will officially release on September 28.
Dot Creativity Kit
I recognized Dot almost immediately. This tiny robot has become a fan favorite for one of my younger cousins. I have seen him playing with it before in the past. After trying it for myself, I can totally see why. Dot’s bubbly personality is infectious and brings life to the little ball of plastic.
Dot is controlled through the Wonder app, which works significantly better on a tablet than a phone. Users just drag and drop different commands on the interface and Dot does the rest. There’s an easy to understand tutorial that takes about three minutes, and then the user is free to create and mess around with Dot however they want.
The Creativity Kit came with a bunch of extra stickers, costumes, and accessories that customers won’t find if they just buy the Dot. Project cards also provide some easy to program games and puzzles for any beginner programmers who need some additional starting points. It was all fun to play with, but clearly aimed at an audience much younger than me. I enjoyed programming Dot to make faces, change the color of its lights, make specific responses to how I picked it up, and sing a song. However, I quickly turned my attention to the much larger and more enticing Cue.
Much like Dot, Cue is controlled via an app. Again, the app is much easier to use on a tablet than a phone. However, unlike the app for Dot, Cue’s app had so much more to do and explore.
Cue comes preprogrammed with four distinct personalities: the commanding Charge, smooth-talking Zest, sarcastic Smirk, and lovable Pep. Users can switch between the four at any time with the press of a button. I instantly gravitated towards both Zest and Smirk, and loved that I could program Cue to behave in different ways to match whichever personality I gave it.
There are two different ways to code Cue. The first, most likely aimed at those who just want to play with Cue as a toy, has the user commanding Cue through text messages. For example, typing “Turn left” will have Cue say, “I’m turning left!” and then spin counter-clockwise.