WowWee Rovio WiFi Webcam A Consumer Wunderkind

Jan 06, 2009 by Mary Anne Simpson weblog
WowWee Rovio

(PhysOrg.com) -- WowWee introduces the first consumer WiFi roving Webcam for being there without having to go there. The WowWee Rovio is PC/Mac compatible and measures approximately 13.5-inches x 12-inches x 14-inches and weighs only 5-pounds. Rovio's three omni-directional wheel design allows it to roam around an office area, home or small manufacturing area maneuvering its way around pets, furniture and obstructions without tipping over. Rovio connects up to a users WiFi network via a laptop, game console or wireless cell phone.

Rovio's TrueTrack beacon guides it back home to its charger station so you never have to worry about it running out of battery life. The Rovio comes with a CD interactive set up guide, a USB cable, a charger station and an AC power adapter. Once the device is connected to the wireless network the set up guide does the rest. To set up an external network a user needs to set up a port forwarding to your router by following the steps in the written guidelines on-line. A recent firmware update may in time clear up connectivity issues cited by some reviewers.

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The technical requirements include Explorer 6 or higher, Mozilla FireFox 1.5 or higher, Safari 3.0 or higher, Safari Mobile or Opera Mobile. A high-speed Internet connection, 802.11b/g, a USB port and a wireless access point device. The rechargeable battery pack is included and extra charging stations are available for docking Rovio in various rooms. The WowWee Rovio may not be for people short on patience while it grows up, but Wee Willie Winkie and fun loving gadget fans will love it.

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earls
3 / 5 (1) Jan 06, 2009
Cool, that'd be fun to harass pets remotely. :)

Amazon has it for $297.00, but reviews are mostly unfavorable.

Self docking feature is apparently not that great. :/
BigTone
5 / 5 (1) Jan 06, 2009
Is this an advertisement? Physorg editor's come on - are you serious...
humanist
not rated yet Jan 06, 2009
Is this an advertisement? Physorg editor's come on - are you serious...


Not as bad as many. If it's something new and it's not shamelessly supportive, I'm not offended.

Not sure I'm ready to replace my PTZ webcams for something floor-level..

Also: seems rather LARGE. Also: why no mention of resolution/colors?

TJ_alberta
not rated yet Jan 07, 2009
cute. it would take my dog about 30 seconds to turn it into plastic chips, ready for recycling.
fixer
not rated yet Jan 07, 2009
Great for looking up skirts.
It will be banned from any office floor within ten minutes.
What a waste of money.
DGBEACH
not rated yet Jan 07, 2009
While I usually don't appreciate adverts on this site....I have to say that I do have a soft spot for robots. I like the (apparent)ease of operation of this bot and think it will be a success. There is a site http://www.robotshop.ca that sells several types of bots like this one (if you're interested lol)
varun
not rated yet Jan 08, 2009
It would be cool if something like this were made HomeCamera-compatible (www.homecamera.com). Then I could get the day's archives on the server, get mobile alerts... :-)

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