Preview of WowWee FlyTech HoverpodPosted by Peter Redmer on Tuesday, 26 May 2009
The WowWee Hoverpod is still shrouded in secrecy, but I have a little bit of information to pass on, RoboCommunity-ites!
The little-known Hoverpod is unique to the FlyTech line in that it doesn't soar through the air; rather, it glides across most smooth surfaces, including short carpets. It's basically a micro-hovercraft.
The Hoverpod is crafted of durable EPP foam like most other WowWee FlyTech craft, and thus should not break easily (even after you inevitably run into walls and doors!) It moves forward by means of a prop, using a rudder on the rear for steering. I'm guessing that it will work well on most "smooth" surfaces such as kitchen floors and the like. This is the only micro hoverpod we know of that will work on certain kinds of carpet, also.
Control is achieved through a 2-channel digital proportional IR remote, taking 4 "AA" size batteries. You'll get up to 5 minutes of play from a 10 minute charge.
So, what do you think? Are you already planning massive Hoverpod races and obstacle courses? Any cool hacks you can envision? Let us know, and stay tuned for more information on the Hoverpod as soon as we get it. Availability is estimated to be around July of this year, and estimated retail is $19.99 USD (subject to change.)
Features of the WowWee Hoverpod
• Tail rudder enables directional control
• Dual-band IR control
• Easy-to-use 2-channel digital proportional
IR remote controller
• 10-minute charge for up to 5 minutes play!
• Durable EPP body