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WowWee Rovio taught to play soccer

WowWee Rovio taught to play soccer

With the weather picking up, there's nothing like stepping outside and kicking a ball around with some friends.  Or so I hear; I'm too busy inside glued to my laptop.  But a team of Rovio robots over at NYU decided to have a kickabout, their student trainers coming up with software that allows the WowWee 'bots to recognize a bright yellow tennis ball and shovel it toward the red goal.

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WowWee Rovio gets BlackBerry remote control app

WowWee Rovio gets BlackBerry remote control app

WowWee's Rovio has now got a BlackBerry remote control app, courtesy of RoboCommunity member bbrovio.  The software, which is still in its early stages, allows BlackBerry users to operate all of the main functions of the WiFi webcam 'bot - including directional movement and head control - from their smartphone, while viewing "video" updates over the cell network.  Right now, the video is only a few frames per second, but it's enough to control the Rovio remotely.

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WowWee Rovio to get Skype control with RoboDance 5 app

WowWee Rovio to get Skype control with RoboDance 5 app

When we looked at WowWee's Rovio last month, one thing we were certain of was its mod-potential.  As of next year, one of the more ambitious hacks will go live: RoboDance 5, with added support for Skype.  While setting up the Rovio's WiFi webcam streaming currently requires a little router tinkering, RoboDance 5 will utilize Skype's zero-config setup to instantly connect the robot and a remote client, whether that client be Windows or Mac, or even a smartphone.

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WowWee Rovio hacking begins: LED headlights

WowWee Rovio hacking begins: LED headlights

Back when the WowWee Rovio was first announced we knew it would prove to be a popular platform for modders and robotics fanatics to adapt.  The three-wheeled remote WiFi camera-bot has only been available for a few weeks, and already we're seeing the first hacks come in.  Today, it's the turn of Rudolph at RoboCommunity; a straightforward tweak, perhaps, but a sensible one - adding LED lights to the remote-controlled webcam "head".

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WowWee Rovio Wiimote-control software: Video Demo

WowWee Rovio Wiimote-control software: Video Demo

WowWee's Rovio WiFi mobile webcam is designed to be easily controlled at a distance via the webportal - however what if you want to operate the robot from close up?  RobotsRule's Robert Oschler has added Rovio functionality to the upcoming version of his free RoboDance app, meaning you can use a Nintendo Wiimote to control all of the robot's features. 

Video demo of the RoboDance Rovio Wiimote control in action, after the cut

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WowWee Rovio Reviewed: Fantastic mobile webcam platform

WowWee Rovio Reviewed: Fantastic mobile webcam platform

The first full review of WowWee's Rovio mobile WiFi webcam has gone up, and if you were hoping the news would be bad and save you from spending $299 on a must-have robot, think again.  While we knew the tech specs were tempting - WiFi, poseable webcam, control either locally, from preset routines or via a web-interface - it turns out to be more than just a passing entertainment and suited to all sorts of robot experimentation.

Video demo of Rovio in action after the cut

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WowWee Rovio official site up; Ship date slips to December? [Updated]

WowWee Rovio official site up; Ship date slips to December? [Updated]

WowWee's official site for the Rovio mobile WiFi webcam has gone live, with videos and other information about the web-connected platform.  However, while it claims the robot is available now, the Rovio itself is proving difficult to find on any of the US sites linked to; in fact, the estimated shipping date from Hammacher Schlemmer has slipped to December 17th 2008.

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WowWee Rovio videos: WiFi remote webcam demo

WowWee Rovio videos: WiFi remote webcam demo

While we wait for the first Rovio reviews, WowWee are drubbing up enthusiasm for the WiFi-enabled remote webcam with some new demo videos.  Intended to give an overview of the robot and its functionality, the three clips show everything from using Rovio remotely through the web interface, using the webcam on its adjustable arm, and directing it to return to the charging base.

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