Summary: I revived one of these for Christmas as a gift. I decided to get it out and play with it 4 months later since I have some spare time. The battery lasts about 5 mins when physically removed from the charging dock, since this is how you set it up. The programs used to set it up does not run on Windows 7 only Windows XP. Once I installed a copy of XP the software would not load on the Rovio and had to be placed back to charge.
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 could be really cool but the software is very complicated to set up and will not even work with the CD that it ships with. You need to update the software before it works. What I really wanted was to remotely communicate with it via internet. There is a automatic go back to the docking station thing that looks like it took along time to develop and probably increased the price of the toy. Well it never really works and is a waste.
WIll need parts replaced so expect to tinker with it
21 September 2011
Summary: This is actually a great idea and design- but the parts are very poor. I had to replace the sensors in the feet (And I had to soldier some connections,) one of the LED's is out, and the biggest issue of all is the default batter that comest with it only holds a charge for a few minutes max- if that. I got a replacement from them and it still was worthless. I ended up purchasing a aftermarket battery with more power and bam!
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.