iPad App: Rovio Control HD - Preview

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iPad App: Rovio Control HD - Preview

Meet Rovio Control HD for the iPad. Available soon in the app store!

Video Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvq_A2fJrrY


  • Full auto configuration in your network or in ad hoc mode.
  • Don't hassle around with IP addresses.
  • Supports different setting profiles for local network / public access.
  • Always know the status of your Rovio: docked, roaming, going home, executing path, recording path.
  • Take photos with a tap of a button.
  • Easy to use joystick control movement in 8 directions.Let Rovio talk: send funny audio files to your Rovio.
  • Set home location, enable / disable IR Radar, reboot Rovio and more!
  • Shows strength of navigation signal and wifi.Allows adjusting camera position quickly. 
  • Guard mode.
  • Turn on / off LED light. This also activates the night mode (AGC)
  • Shows battery status.
  • All graphics are optimized for the iPad retina display.

There is also an app available for iPhone and iPod, please see this thread: http://www.robocommunity.com/forum/thread/19010/iPhone-App-Rovio-Control-now-supports-iPhone-5/

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Hey this sounds great, can't wait for the release.

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It just hit the app store.

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Update 1.8 is live: Added path menu button. You can play existing paths forwards and backwards and also record new paths. Press and hold the "going home"-button opens a new menü. In this menu you can for example cancel every action Rovio does at the moment, go home (without docking), go home and dock (like pressing the "going home"-button) and update the current position as new home location in front of the charging station. When opening the settings, only the video stream is now shown in background (without all the distracting HUD). There is also a new setting, that allows to turn off the video stream background in the settings. All video streaming issues that came with iOS 6 are fixed, the video streaming performance now is incredible. Unfortunately with this update Rovio Control requires iOS 8.0 or higher. Another new setting: "light switch action". It can automatically enable AGC or Rovios Night Mode when turning on the light. Increased the status pull time when using the internet profile and decreased the status pull time when using the local wifi profile. Fixed a problem that could cause in some cases showing a wrong head status. Improved the scanning for Rovio in you local network. And added the option to manual setup everything. When the guard mode is enabled the upper left status label shows "guard mode". Instead of a small video frame, the video is now fullscreen like in the iPhone app. Minor improvements and optimizations.

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Sorry for the line breaks, the forum eats it all up :-/

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Okay, there is still love for Rovio. I submitted version 2.0 today. And it should be available very soon. The app received a complete overhaul with a simplified design. Please read the most important changes:

Okay, there is still love for Rovio. I submitted version 2.0 today. And it should be available very soon. The app received a complete overhaul with a simplified design. Please read the most important changes:

Introducing the "drag to turn"-button. You can drag this button in 4 directions for quick and precise turns: drag it left for a 90 degrees turn left, drag it right for a 90 degrees turn right, drag it down for a 180 degrees turn right and drag it up for a 180 degrees turn left.

Added offline modus - explore the app without being connected to your Rovio.

Added full LED control and light animations. In the upper right Menu there is a new button. You can cycle through a bunch of LED presets like: all on, all off, circle animation, runner animation, KITT (do you rembember Knight Rider?) and other animations. Very sweet and works without hardware modifications. Please note that you can not change the LED while charging on the dock, but when charging is done you can for example turn all LED off. (night mode)

Bigger joysticks, tweaked controls, optimized UI for all screen sizes.

Sound selection menu changed.

User names and passwords can now contain characters like ':', '@' or '&'.

Added sound preview for guard mode.

Requires iOS 9.3 or higher.

Smaller improvements and a lot of under the hood optimizations.