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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 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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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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