Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Friend Cayla - Doll Review

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
My younger nieces think their aunt Terra is cool.  Especially when I introduce them to new toys.  Recently, they were able to play around with My Friend Cayla.  It definitely upped my coolness factor when they got to interact with My Friend Cayla.
My Friend Cayla is a hard plastic doll that interacts with users via Bluetooth with a special app.  Some of her fun features are being able to talk and interact with you, play games, share photos, and read stories. 

Before interacting with My Friend Cayla, users first need to follow some instructions.  An Apple or Android device is needed for the doll to fully function.  Then you need to search for an download the "My Friend Cayla" app, which is free.  An adult needs to install three AA batteries in the slot located on her back.  The batteries are not included.  For My Friend Cayla to work, the On/Off Switch needs to be in the ON position.  After those steps are completed, users can launch the app after syncing up with Bluetooth.  A heart charm will light up when Cayla is listening.  The microphone is located on her chest and the speaker is located on her stomach.
Survey says that even grown men will play with dolls.
  (Actually, Jason is using the iPad to launch the app and sync with Bluetooth.  And playing with the doll!)
An internet connection isn't required for all functions.  A lot of it can be done offline.  Cayla's software system, VIOLET, prevents any conversations involving nasty words or inappropriate topics. 
Cayla's interactive response time works best with a strong and moderately fast WiFi signal and updated smart device.  When our WiFi signal was weak, we noticed that Cayla was hard to understand or would break up in speech.  When the signal was strong, Cayla's words came out clearly.
Children can ask Cayla loads of questions with some examples being "Do you like the color orange?", "What's the population of Spain?", and "Who is Mickey Mouse?".  She has some pretty interesting answers, and likes to tell stories about her life. 
There's a photo album section and story time section on the app that further allows children to interact with Cayla.  There's also a Games section, but there's only two games.  One is a matching game and the other is Tic-Tac-Toe.
speaker on stomach of doll
My Friend Cayla comes with a mirror and brush.  Her clothes can be removed and fit with standard doll clothes.  Her arm and leg joints are movable and she can stand or sit on her own.  Her eyes open when she's sitting or standing and they close when she is laid down.

I think there could be some minor improvements made for My Friend Cayla to be a top-star doll but we continue to have fun with the unique way we interact and engage with her.


mail4rosey said...

That is a unique way to play, I agree. I think it's cool. :)

VickieC said...

I have 4 small grandaughters that would love her

Samantha said...

Oh she's like a little robot! Soon we will all have them in our homes.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

She seems very cool. I wish I had a little one to give her to.

Sue Hull said...

My nieces and granddaughter would have so much fun with her.My granddaughter is only 14 months old but she loves dolls especially if they make noise.She is really cool!

Unknown said...

My niece would absolutely fall in love with My Friend Kayla Doll. The technology today is absolutely amazing at what they can do.

AiringMyLaundry said...

Fun. I think my daughter would like her.

Heck Of A Bunch said...


For one: Why is it that Jason can play with a doll and its ok, but when Becky wants to stroll down memory lane with Barbie its, "There's just something a little odd about watching a grown woman dress and pose with Barbie. She says it brought back positive childhood memories. I say she's just weird." Followers, please see Terra's Random Tuesday Thoughts- Barbies and Breakfast. Rude Terra, rude.

For two: Why do we talk to this little girls chest, and she speaks out of her stomach? Talk about weird. In fact, that is beyond weird, that is straight up traumatizing for young folk. And if you're wifi signal is weak, she can't speak right? What, is she having a stroke just because there's not a good internet connection? What kind of lesson is that for the youth of America? That we cannot function without technology?

My friend Cayla has nothing on Barbie. Barbie fans of the world, rage! Rage against the dying of the light!!!

Heck Of A Bunch said...

*your not you're in the wifi sentence. I know my grammar rules.