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WowWee Rovio hacking begins: LED headlights

WowWee Rovio hacking begins: LED headlights

Back when the WowWee Rovio was first announced we knew it would prove to be a popular platform for modders and robotics fanatics to adapt.  The three-wheeled remote WiFi camera-bot has only been available for a few weeks, and already we're seeing the first hacks come in.  Today, it's the turn of Rudolph at RoboCommunity; a straightforward tweak, perhaps, but a sensible one - adding LED lights to the remote-controlled webcam "head".

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WowWee Rovio Wiimote-control software: Video Demo

WowWee Rovio Wiimote-control software: Video Demo

WowWee's Rovio WiFi mobile webcam is designed to be easily controlled at a distance via the webportal - however what if you want to operate the robot from close up?  RobotsRule's Robert Oschler has added Rovio functionality to the upcoming version of his free RoboDance app, meaning you can use a Nintendo Wiimote to control all of the robot's features. 

Video demo of the RoboDance Rovio Wiimote control in action, after the cut

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WowWee Alive Panda Cub is all sorts of cute

WowWee Alive Panda Cub is all sorts of cute

We love robots here on SlashGear. That's just a given. But the WowWee Alive Panda Cub is certainly interesting. Not to mention, pretty freakin' adorable.

Normally when you hear the word "robot," people tend to think of something with exposed wires, a bunch of metal parts and super strength. However, this Panda is fuzzy and cute. What a contrast, eh?

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 40 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 40 2008

Biggest news this week has been in gaming, with Nintendo announcing the latest iteration of their DS handheld.  The DSi introduces new multimedia features - for instance a 3-megapixel camera - and an even thinner body, at the expense of battery life.  Don't get too excited, though; the US won't see the DSi until "well into" 2009.

In netbooks, ASUS slipped in a few new models at both the low and high-end of the market, with the Eee PC 900HA and 904HA offering bargain 160GB storage while the S101 corners the more-fashionable (and expensive) end.  That's a niche the ASUS N10 already occupies; that netbook ran the review gauntlet this week, proving "technologically clever" but simply too expensive.  ASUS - and MSI, whose Wind U90 was panned too - must be looking enviably at Gigabyte's M912M convertible touchscreen netbook, which was good enough to pull a credit card from the wallet of one reviewer.

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WowWee Rovio Reviewed: Fantastic mobile webcam platform

WowWee Rovio Reviewed: Fantastic mobile webcam platform

The first full review of WowWee's Rovio mobile WiFi webcam has gone up, and if you were hoping the news would be bad and save you from spending $299 on a must-have robot, think again.  While we knew the tech specs were tempting - WiFi, poseable webcam, control either locally, from preset routines or via a web-interface - it turns out to be more than just a passing entertainment and suited to all sorts of robot experimentation.

Video demo of Rovio in action after the cut

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WowWee Rovio official site up; Ship date slips to December? [Updated]

WowWee Rovio official site up; Ship date slips to December? [Updated]

WowWee's official site for the Rovio mobile WiFi webcam has gone live, with videos and other information about the web-connected platform.  However, while it claims the robot is available now, the Rovio itself is proving difficult to find on any of the US sites linked to; in fact, the estimated shipping date from Hammacher Schlemmer has slipped to December 17th 2008.

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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 Rovio Unboxed ahead of official launch

WowWee Rovio Unboxed ahead of official launch

WowWee's Rovio doesn't officially start shipping until next Friday, but our friend Robert Oschler at RobotsRule has managed somehow to score a pre-release sample.  He's put together an unboxing gallery to keep us sated while he reviews the WiFi-enabled mobile webcam, including the Rovio itself and the NorthStar docking and recharging station that creates a digital map for the robot to follow.

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