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WowWee Cinemin Swivel official preorders kick off at $350

WowWee Cinemin Swivel official preorders kick off at $350

WowWee's Cinemin Swivel bendy pico-projector is now officially available for pre-order, only around two months since Amazon began accepting pre-orders themselves.  Announced back at CES, the Cinemin Swivel is capable of projecting a 60-inch (1.5m) image from over 8 feet (2m) away, and has a 90-degree hinge useful for squirting the picture out onto the ceiling without demanding you hold it.

AndRovio: remote control Rovio from your Android phone

AndRovio: remote control Rovio from your Android phone

If the thought of remotely controlling you Rovio robot webcam from a cellphone is appealing, but you don't have a BlackBerry, then AndRovio may be the solution.  Poignant Projects' app runs on Android devices, and allows full control of Rovio including live webcam viewing, camera position control and snapshots.

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WowWee Cinemin Swivel US price confirmed

WowWee Cinemin Swivel US price confirmed

Yesterday we heard that the WowWee Cinemin Swivel pico-projector would be landing in the UK come September, together with its UK price.  Now the US version of the posable-pico has gone up for pre-order at Amazon, priced at $327.99.

WowWee Cinemin Swivel pico-projector to arrive September

WowWee Cinemin Swivel pico-projector to arrive September

WowWee's Cinemin Swivel pico-projector, which was announced back at CES in January, has been given a release date and UK pricing.  Expected to hit UK stores in September 2009, the posable projector will retail for around £349 ($572); US pricing and availability is still unknown, though it is expected in fall 2009 priced at $299.

WowWee Hoverpod R/C hovercraft coming July

WowWee Hoverpod R/C hovercraft coming July

Robot-maker WowWee's latest toy has been previewed, and if piloting their Bladestar helicopter left you in fear of your walls, lights and pets, then the WowWee Hoverpod should prove a little more manageable.  A micro-hovercraft made from impact-resistant EPP foam, the Hoverpod uses WowWee's usual IR remote for controlling and recharging.

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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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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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WowWee FlyTech CrashFX R/C Plane

WowWee FlyTech CrashFX R/C Plane

Details of the latest remote control aircraft in WowWee's FlyTech range have emerged, describing a plane that's begging to be crashed into the ground.  The WowWee FlyTech CrashFX is of a more traditional design than, say, the WowWee Dragonfly, but uses a new Easi-Snap system whereby the wings and tail section are designed to be easily broken off and then quickly clipped back on.

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WowWee RoboReptile gets lifelike makeover

WowWee RoboReptile gets lifelike makeover

WowWee's RoboReptile design is all well and good if you like, well, robotic reptiles, but what if you long for a real lizard?  Turning the WowWee robot into a more realistic animal was the challenge taken on over at RoboCommunity, and the re-dressed results look pretty impressive.

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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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CES 2009: WowWee Cinemin Swivel, Stick & Station Pico-Projectors

CES 2009: WowWee Cinemin Swivel, Stick & Station Pico-Projectors

WowWee have announced a new range of pico-projectors, based on Texas Instruments' DLP chipset.  The three new products range from straightforward projector handsets, as already on-sale, to a combination pico-projection boom box.  The WowWee Cinemin Swivel, shown here, will hit the market first, offering 480 x 360 resolution, three hour battery life, a poseable neck for projecting on walls, ceilings or anything in-between, and a standard video input suitable for iPods, laptops and other devices.

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The WowWee Spyball: Just a regular ball, nothing to see here…

The WowWee Spyball: Just a regular ball, nothing to see here…

Here's a pretty cool device that has all sorts of mischievous potential.  The WowWee Spyball is a remote controlled webcam hidden inside a futuristic-looking plastic ball.  Note to WowWee: the ball's appearance might be kind of a giveaway.

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