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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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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 45 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 45 2008

It's been all about the smartphones this week, with the long-awaited HTC Touch HD finally reaching our hands for one of the first full English-language reviews online.  If our initial video demos last week whetted your appetite, head over to part one and part two of our full review to really gorge yourself.  Meanwhile, to cheer up those in the US who are still smarting over HTC's decision not to offer the Touch HD there, we reviewed AT&T's newly released BlackBerry Bold.

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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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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 43 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 43 2008

We kicked off the week with some high-profile reviews here at SlashGear, putting the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops through their paces.  If you're considering one of these slick new machines - or are wondering what style features other manufacturers will be copying over the next six months - make sure to check them out!  We also played with a more budget computing option in the shape of the ASUS Eee PC 1000HA.

Meanwhile cellphones have been on the test bench, with Sprint's pair of new Samsungs - the messaging Rant and the musical HighNote - squaring up against Velocity Mobile's 103 smartphone.  We had to leave our desks to try out Blackline's GPS Snitch, however, but were back in before curfew to play with some toys: WowWee's Bladestar remote control helicopter, for one, and a rather more unusual review of the WowWee Femisapien

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WowWee Bladestar Review – Indoor Flyer with Auto Pilot Sensors

WowWee Bladestar Review – Indoor Flyer with Auto Pilot Sensors

We've something of a history with remote control helicopters here on SlashGear. They don't crop up all that often, but when they do we find that readers go for them in a big way. Developments in contra-rotating blades and other cleverness has done a lot to minimize what user expertise is required, and now WowWee have stepped into the fray with their own, super-simple Bladestar remote control helicopters. Can they carry over their tradition of straightforward, right-out-of-the-box fun to historically finnicky flight? We put on our best pilot's goggles and silk scarves and took a look.

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WowWee Femisapien – A Dad’s Review [Updated with video]

WowWee Femisapien – A Dad’s Review [Updated with video]

With the holiday season fast approaching, we've been featuring quite a number of toys here on SlashGear that, in our geeky opinion at least, are likely to be must-have items if you're under the age of twelve.  However, as self-confessed jaded cynics we turned to SlashGear's latest reviewer, 8-year-old Tanner McBee (and his capable assistant and scribe, David McBee aka "Dad").  WowWee's Femisapien has sashayed her way into many an adult reviewers heart over the past few months, but can she keep Tanner entertained?

Updated with video review from Tanner McBee himself.

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