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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 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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WowWee’s Femisapien & Tri-Bot robots go on sale

WowWee’s Femisapien & Tri-Bot robots go on sale

Anybody waiting anxiously for the latest robots from WowWee's stables should grab their credit cards and begin whistling with glee, as both the Femisapien (aka Sega's Kissing Robot) and Tri-Bot models are now available to buy.  Femisapien, you may remember, is the first "female" 'bot from WowWee, with a clever new programming system in which you merely have to reposition the robot's limbs in order to teach her new routines.

WowWee Femisapien gets reviewed: best programming interface yet

WowWee Femisapien gets reviewed: best programming interface yet

WowWee seem to be in a routine of releasing new robots every couple of months, and it's now the turn of the Femisapien - also known as SEGA's E.M.A. or 'Kissing Robot' - to go through the Robots Rule review process.  What makes her particularly special is the way WowWee encourage you to interact and programme her; yes, you can use their remote control, but the Femisapien will just as happily respond to touch and tapping, together with hand gestures and even posing her limbs for the robot to memorize. 

Check out the video demo of the Femisapien after the cut

WowWee Alive Cub: White Tiger robot unboxed

WowWee Alive Cub: White Tiger robot unboxed

We've learnt to expect great things from WowWee's ever-increasing robot range, and while their next creation - the Alive Cub - might not be able to wander your house or play games of laser tag with you, it'll probably be a hit with a new, younger audience.  Basically a robotic version of a baby animal, the Alive Cubs are plush and interactive; RoboCommunity have unboxed the White Tiger version, and you can see their demo video after the cut.

WowWee RoboRemote hacked for extra sensors

WowWee RoboRemote hacked for extra sensors

WowWee's RoboRemote is an aftermarket IR remote control for the company's full range of current and future robots.  Intended to make programming the robots more straightforward, it connects via USB to a computer and, with the included software, lets you script macros and routines that are then blasted across via infra-red.  All well and good, but not quite enough for the guys over at RoboCommunity; they've been exploring ways to add new sensors and inputs to the WowWee stable courtesy of a hacked RoboRemote.

WowWee Femisapien routine programming demo videos

WowWee Femisapien routine programming demo videos

WowWee have been showing off the latest moves by their upcoming Femisapien robot, the first "female" 'bot in their stable and certainly the most graceful (and also recently seen using the Sega Toys E.M.A. Robot name).  After the cut you can see two new videos, the first explaining how custom movement routines can be programmed simply by moving Femisapien's limbs around, while the second shows a staged fencing match between two of the robots.  Comprising five motors with a total twelve degrees of freedom, Femisapien can be left to explore and react to her surroundings (in 'Attentive' mode) or programmed and these routines replayed (in 'Learning' and 'Responsive' modes).

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.

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