I like it, but you better have an XP machine for initial SW installation
Albert R Hydeman, Amazon
12 September 2013
Summary: It works... it works VERY well. And yes, you can port-forward and control it from anywhere in the internet world. I travel a lot so I wanted something I could use to look in on my cat while I am gone. This totally fits my need. But BEWARE! The initial software is NOT WINDOWS 7 COMPATIBLE. You will need an XP machine to do your initial installation so you can update the firmware to a more current version.
Summary: I must admit it took all day to find and install the latest firmware and drivers, but it was worth the effort. This thing is freaking amazing. Mine works fine. No docking problems. I have only used the web page controller. This is not a good idea for a kids toy. I do not work for wowee and this review is legit.
Summary: I bought this robot to roam around the house over the internet when I was not home. It has done all of that and more. Those who gave this a bad review must be doing it wrong. I have used this robot with both windows and mac and it works without problems. Imagine being able to walk around your house when you are on vacation! I will mention one of the cons with this robot, you have to replace the doc/charger, the one that comes stock does not charge the battery well.
Summary: I got my rovio well over a year ago in a woot sale for 99$. I was pretty excited when it arrived but quickly found how bad this product is. BATTERY - you are lucky to get 30 minutes of use out of a full battery. SELF CHARGE - The rovio almost never finds its way back to the base, and even when it does it almost never starts charging. BAD BATTERY - The batteries used in the rovio are extremly awful.
Summary: This really isn't a toy. It's more like a high school computer lab project that someone patented and sold. It is needlessly very complicated for people with little to no digital networking experience. I worked in the IT industry for 30 years and I can't access it from 600 miles away. They advertise you can connect from anywhere in the world. I'm not convinced this is true. I can't see how this product could be classified as a toy. Toys are suppose to be simple.
Summary: I bought this for experimenting with home robotic navigation and localization. The biggest advantage this platform has is the amount of 3rd-party software available for experimenting with it - Roborealm is the best example. There are also several hacks available for adding extra lights, improving the camera light sensitivity, and laser range finding.
Summary: Wowwee discontinued making these several years ago, and no longer carries, warranties or services them. I had the misfortune of buying one, and found that the current batch are pre-defective refurbished devices. Wowwee offered to trade a "Joebot" - a toy with no camera, audio or remote anything. Mine is a useless brick. Hide from this piece of Chinese junk.
Summary: My 10-year old son saved all of his birthday, etc. present money for around two years to purchase this device. I have been fighting with the Rovio for weeks now and still cannot get it to function reliably. I tried to install the device multiple times on two different computers and couldn't get the device to connect to the software or to my router (which I have multiple other devices connected successfully). I now bought Apps for my iPhone and iPad.
Robot may be decent (I can't say) - Tech Support and overall support terrible!
16 March 2011
Summary: I received the Rovio as a gift and was very excited about it. It held great promise as a mobile webcam. I attempted to set up the unit following all of the instructions to the letter. I quickly found out that it was made ONLY for use with Windows XP. At a time when Windows 7 is now the prevalent operating system it seems fairly lame that a company is still (after years now) using an operating system TWO versions back. TechSupport was zero help.
Summary: Got the Rovio as a gift two years ago. It's collected dust 23 months out of 24 months. It worked at first, but couldn't connect to WPA networks, only WEP. I had to wait for beta software to connect to WPA. Rovio could never find it's own docking station without help. Navigation in the dark was difficult. Battery kept running down. About a year after losing interest, I powered the machine back up. The power button has a status LED, that wouldn't come on anymore.