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CES 2008: WowWee unveil Rovio web-controlled webcam & creepy Mr Personality robot

CES 2008: WowWee unveil Rovio web-controlled webcam & creepy Mr Personality robot

Set to be bothering the ankles of CES explorers this year are two new 'bots from the WowWee stables: the slick, beetle-like Rovio and the frankly disturbing Mr Personality (shown after the cut).  The Rovio, capable of being controlled from any internet-enabled device thanks to its WiFi b/g hookup, has a built-in movable VGA webcam complete with sound, and can stream live footage across the network to wherever you are in the world.

 

DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

We're not sure what it is about geeks, sewing kits and the holiday season, but bizarre DIY efforts seem to proliferate at this time of the year.  Over at Recombu they're sharing a stuffed Android doll tutorial, which shows you how to make your very own smartphone desk-stand in the shape of the Android logo, while an enterprising modder over at RoboCommunity has whipped up a dog-costume for his WowWee Rovio.

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Rovio Fire Extinguisher mod

Rovio Fire Extinguisher mod

Sentry robots like WowWee's Rovio are all well and good - wandering around your house while you're away, and allowing you to log-in remotely and make sure nothing amiss is taking place - but they generally fall short when it comes to actually dealing with a problem.  That was the starting point for RoboCommunity member Colt45, who hacked his Rovio into a remote fire extinguisher.

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Meet Andy the ROVIO WiFi-enabled mobile web cam

Meet Andy the ROVIO WiFi-enabled mobile web cam

WowWee ROVIO should be at the top of everyone's list this holiday.  ROVIO is a WiFi-enabled mobile web cam that lets you see, speak and hear from anywhere in the world as if you were right there in the room.  I'm on the road a lot so my dogs are often home alone with friends and family.  With ROVIO, I'll be able to speak to them and visually check up on how they're doing from any web-enabled devices such as a laptop or even your iPhone 3G's mobile Safari browser.

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WowWee Mr Personality robot features in new demo video

WowWee Mr Personality robot features in new demo video

Back when WowWee announced their impressive Rovio WiFi mobile webcam, they also showed the creepy Mr Personality robot.  Based on the same omni-directional platform as the Rovio and the Tri-Bot, Mr Personality is a gurning, giggling, wise-cracking "robot companion" with an LCD display for a face.  I was hoping WowWee had forgotten about Mr Personality - because he scares me - but sadly not; there's a new video of the monstrous beast in action in preparation for his imminent launch.

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WowWee Tri-Bot reviewed: low cost, tilt-sensor fun

WowWee Tri-Bot reviewed: low cost, tilt-sensor fun

When WowWee's Tri-Bot launches this Summer, it'll be one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on the nifty three-wheel omni-directional base from the company. With an expected price of $99, the robot may lack the (creepy) animated face of Mr Personality but it does have a tilt-sensor remote control that, in a manner similar to the Wiimote, can guide the robot around just by gesturing. Robotics-obsessive Robert Oschler has scored some pre-release time with the Tri-Bot, and you can check out his video review after the cut.

My Five Tech Buying Mistakes

My Five Tech Buying Mistakes

You read all the reviews, you ask all the right questions of all the right people, and you still sometimes come unstuck when it comes to tech shopping. Even the biggest geeks can make stupid mistakes, so I've picked five of my gadget goofs to show how simple it is to get things wrong. And, just so that this isn't one long self-flagellatory pity party, I've slotted in the five tech shopper lessons that I've learned along the way.

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Samsung Turbo View robo-vacuum packs live video streaming

Samsung Turbo View robo-vacuum packs live video streaming

Samsung has bred a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner with a WowWee Rovio and come up with the Tango View VC-FL87W, an autonomous cleaner which can beam live video back from its onboard webcam. If you're the paranoid type and you're not going to give up your mistrust of the home help even if you've replaced them with robots, then you can log in remotely via your smartphone or tablet and see what the Samsung Tango View is up to.

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