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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
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.