Preview of the WowWee Roborover

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Roborover Loves to Explore!

Roborover™ is an easy-to-use, adventurous robot buddy who is always ready for new adventures with you. What's really unique about Roborover is that he becomes more bold and outspoken the more that you interact with him... he's a little shy at first, but becomes bolder as he goes along.  He's got a built in headlight so he can light the way while he adventures through dark corridors.  Roborover is also one of the first WowWee robots to include a tread-based navigation system, enabling him to move over rough terrain and inclines.  He's perfect for young roboticists looking for a fun and loyal robot companion.

 

Features of the WowWee Roborover

  • Personality becomes more bold and adventurous as you play with him
  • Rolls over rough terrain and up inclines (maximum 1 inch or 10-15˚)
  • Remote controller features "Follow Me" homing function
  • Plays games including Tomb and Swamp
  • Up to 5 minutes of spoken content
  • Detects and avoids obstacles — or even drives over them!
  • Real working headlight
  • Poseable arms and waist

Watch for more news on the community about Roborover, who's expected to become available around September or October, at an estimated retail price of $69.99 USD (release date and price are subject to change.)

[Official Page on WowWee.com]

Comments

GWJax's picture

Commander I see that the Rover is now announced and I'll have the rest of my review complete in about 2 days. All I have to do is just add the video to the article and then it's done.

For everyone out here looking at the RoboRover, if you get one you'll love him like I do...

Jax

cindyr's picture

Please help me find a remote for the roborover for my Grandson that only used it once and lost it on our land somewhere!!!

Johnivy's picture

I happened to buy an Spanish version of roborover. May I fix the roborover and make it speak English? Where Can I download its manual? Thanks.

GWJax's picture

Johnivy said: I happened to buy an Spanish version of roborover. May I fix the roborover and make it speak English? Where Can I download its manual? Thanks.

You can download the manual using this link. As for changing the voice I have not dug into the CPU yet to see if it can be re-written, but if I find a way I'll post it right away for everyone.

 

Jax

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GWJax said:

Johnivy said: I happened to buy an Spanish version of roborover. May I fix the roborover and make it speak English? Where Can I download its manual? Thanks.

You can download the manual using this link. As for changing the voice I have not dug into the CPU yet to see if it can be re-written, but if I find a way I'll post it right away for everyone. Jax

Thanks much. My suggestion is that if we can make roborover mulitlingual by adding a key on the remote, users from different countries can use it by selecting different languages. Many software tools now have a setting for language. In this digital age, if only our robot can have a language setting too. Its quite sad that I can't understand my roborover's words. Another suggestion is that if we can make it connectable with our pc to update firmware so that we can select the new language by updating the new firmware or let our programming to control the sequence of its movments, that will be more flexible and interactive. As far I as I know, some Japanese tiny robot toys can be connected with pc and input orders on how the robot can move. Say, move forward for 5 seconds, then left , then right, then turn around. Much more like dancing. It maybe only my fancy ideas but not possible, I think.

 

GWJax's picture

There is such a device that WowWee makes and that is RoboRemote, with this and it's software you can run multi bots at the same time and you script the actions they make. You can add these actions with only one press of the button. Yet I have not downloaded the latest software for the remote so I'm not sure if Roborover is in yet.

Retro player has a great article/thread how to modify the remote so you can add other robots as well, he tried it using the Elvis Alive and could send the commands but the remote would not hold the information once unplugged from the PC. I only had a quick look at what he was doing so I'm not sure if he ever finished the beta test. I'll look into it for you and if it's not done I'll complete it when I have time.

If you would like to hear what the rover is saying then read my article on the RoboRover and watch all the videos that are in there.

About multi lang: We would have to find a way to grab the firmware off the Rover and disassemble it in to a flow chart and then find where the lang bank is to reprogram the voices. Yes this would be a cool hack to do along with changing his movements and making more games for him. If he does not have enough memory then we could add more to it as long as we rebuild the firmware.

Jax

Johnivy's picture

Thanks. Does that mean my roborover can speak English, or Chinese etc one day? At least, it should speak English. If we have mulitlingual firmwares, I think roborover will be on the shelf of the shops in different countries. Please let me know if the day comes. I can't help waiting to see my English-speaking roborover. By the way, what article did you mention in your reply? Is there a hyperlink?

Johnivy's picture

Another suggestion, by the way, if we can make rover play some music, that will be more fun and cool. At least not that monotonous, isn't it?

Johnivy's picture

Hi, Jax, a whim hit my mind just now. SD memory card has been very cheap these days in my experience of the photography market. This card has even been adopted to store music for mobile phones or stand off earphones. That means our next generation of robots can make full use of this and allow a SD memory card to be inserted in so that it will update firmware easily, and accept more programmed commands and even can play music according to our moods. If we are sad, they can play some lively music or just read a story or today's news for me. In the next next generation, it should be connected with internet, and download what we want automatically from website. My dream anyway.

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Johnivy said: Another suggestion, by the way, if we can make rover play some music, that will be more fun and cool. At least not that monotonous, isn't it?

 

Having the rover play music would be an easy hack with a MP3 player. Just attach the headphone jack to the speaker. You could wire in a plug to insert the cord into it so you have access to the controls. Now if you wanted to go crazy then a new MCU could control the MP3 player and certin motions or sensors could trigger the MCU and play the song you preselected for that sensor trip.

Once I get some of my other projects out of the way, I'll get into the MCU and find a way to reprogram the sound. And yet this is another really cool hack to do since it woud help out many members llike yourself.

Her is the Link for my review.

Jax

Johnivy's picture

Hi, Jax,
Are you ready to teach my spanish roborover to speak English?

Sincerely
John

GWJax's picture

Hey Johnivy, I just got out of another trip to the ICU bed with an air trake to help me breath so I will have to say no to this question. But as soon as I can get to this project I'll let you know..

Jax

Johnivy's picture

Dear Jax,
We are sorry to hear that. Hope you can recover soon. Don't overwork. If it is impossible for solving the language barrier, just drop it. Your health and life comes first.
God bless you!

Sincerely
John

GWJax's picture

Thanks for the comments but this is what I really live for, What's the next bot that has troubles and I have that can help out other members..

I'll be back at the bench in just a few more days.

Jax

Sameer A's picture

Not Working:Roborover stops responding to commands from Remote Controller abruptly sometimes after 30 sec, sometimes 1 min and so on.Then you need to push the bumper and then again it start responding and again hangs after sometime.
Does anybody else is facing similar problem too and have a solution to this?

Sameer A's picture

Not Working:Roborover stops responding to commands from Remote Controller abruptly sometimes after 30 sec, sometimes 1 min and so on.Then you need to push the bumper and then again it start responding and again hangs after sometime.
Does anybody else is facing similar problem too and have a solution to this?

GWJax's picture

It sounds like bad batteries to me. Make sure both the Rover and remote has brand new batteries in them an don't use the cheap batteries. Let me know if this works for you. If not I'll look into it further

Jax

Evan B's picture

I am having a similar problem to Sameer. The remote appears to work properly (red LED), and when I use the old "digital camera looking at IR LED" trick, I can see a different Pulse patterns. So I have to assume the remote works. Tried new, fresh alkaline and NiMH batteries to no avail. Wowee states that they cannot fix their products ( Weak). and since it was out of the 90 day window, their suggestion is that I should buy a new one. I need some suggestions on what this problem might be. I will not be giving wowee any of my money, since the refuse to support their products adequately, IMHO. If someone here can help me get this little guy running, i would be eternally grateful He is very cut and my son really would like to play with him),

Johnivy's picture

Dear Jax,
Are you ready to tell me how to make my Spanish Roborover to speak English? To my disappointment, one and a half year has passed since my first request.
Thanks for your time and consideration.

Sincerely
John