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.
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.
The Rovio is Awesome, Customer Support Maybe Not So Much
E. Houston "NRJiiD", Amazon
31 December 2009
Summary: My wife (E.Houston) bought the Rovio for me for Christmas. After a little tinkering, I wrote a glorious review on my blog. That said, if you don't want to dig through the robo community forums for beta code to try and third party control applications...
Summary: I want to like Rovio.. I really do... But I still haven't decided if I'm keeping mine... I've got docking issues with mine - not sure if it's just this unit, but it keeps trying to dock too far to the left (sometimes it succeeds - every other time it doesn't..
Summary: I read all the reviews and it looked like 50/50 I was very concerned about buying a piece to junk and I ended up trying it. Installation was easy as long as you go to the web page and look under support and download the latest drivers.
Summary: Educational.. not so much.. unless you classify sticking a cam on top of a remote control device educational. (modding the rover, is on the other hand educational) Fun.. has it moments.. following pets around the house is about the highlight. Durable..
Audio functionality does not work with Macs, see owners manual
Curtis S. Mashburn, Amazon
30 November 2009
Summary: Rovio is cool, but beware that audio functionality does not work with Macs (see manual). Also camera is pretty poor, would be much nicer with better camera. Downloaded version 5 firmware which provides WPA support, but firmware still needs to be improved.
Summary: I bought the Rovio hoping to use it to keep an eye on my cat when I'm away. If it worked as promised 100% of the time, it would be ideal, but it falls short. The first problem is a known issue with some of the charging stations: they don't have enough voltage to properly charge the battery.
Summary: Legally Blind Robot Great Idea. Unfortunately this first Rovio version is Legally Blind . The default camera is pathetic. You can't use it in a normally illuminated room. The led light is a bad joke and makes no difference.