Explore the New WowWee Rovio!Posted by Peter Redmer on Sunday, 13 January 2008
Get in touch with your inner private investigator with the WowWee Rovio - sure to take home and office surveillance to a whole new level!
The Rovio, at its core, is a Wi-Fi enabled robotic webcam that can move easily in any direction, and can also be controlled remotely. In fact, it's a revolution in home and office exploration.
It's the first robot to feature the NorthStar (R) smart navigation and positioning system - which represents a major breakthrough in robotics. Essentially, it works like a mini-GPS system. The NorthStar (R) system enables the Rovio to become fully aware of its surroundings, such as knowing its location and the location of other objects. The Rovio can also move from place to place with razor-sharp accuracy - and all by itself. It can even dock itself into its own charger when you're not around.
Rovio can help you not only to navigate, but also to see, the environment in which it lives. You can stream video and audio from its built-in camera so you can keep an eye on your home, cubicle, or business - and even have movement-enabled online conferences.
The camera, which is neck-mounted, can be controlled by any web accessible device such as your cell phone, video game console, or PC. To make it easier for you to use Rovio, you can program "waypoints;" in one click, Rovio will go to the point you have chosen without having to guide him every step of the way.
Rovio isn't scared of the dark, either - bright built-in LED's help you to navigate through dark areas.
With its intelligent navigation capabilities, video and audio streaming, and accessibility from anywhere, the Rovio is sure to please the secret private investigator in all of us!
Features of the WowWee Rovio
- Automatic detection of computer settings and a guided install process
- Remote control from any web accessible device
- Waypoint system to ease control of Rovio
- Self-docking capability - direct it to charge from anywhere
- Built-in Rechargable Battery
- 1 X Recharge Base
- 3 X Wheel Motors
- 3 X Omni-Directional Wheels
- 1 X Camera Motor
- 1 X VGA CMOS Sensor
- LED Illumination
- 1 X Speaker
- 1 X Built-In microphone
- USB Connectivity
- WiFi Connectivity (802.11 b and g)
- PC Compatible Computer
- Pentium 3 Processor minimum
- Supports Windows XP and Windows Vista
- 256 MB RAM
- USB connectivity
- Wireless access point device (WAP) connected to your PC (for example, a wireless router)
- High-speed Internet connection
- Internet Explorer 6 or higher (required for two-way audio feature)
Expected Availability: Early Fall 2008
Suggested Retail Price: $299.00