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: 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. I had to use my vista laptop cause windows 7 does not let me install. So how does it perform. I would say 50/50 is right about on the money here.
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.. I have a feeling tripping over it or driving it down stairs may bring on its demise But.. this is a toy, its not heavy duty because its not meant to be.
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.
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... or if you aren't ready to write your own control applications, you might be disappointed in Rovio. Some of the other reviews are right to say some of the options are pretty poor.
Audio functionality does not work with Macs, see owners manual
Curtis S. Mashburn, Amazon
5 April 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. WPA does work, however it took several tries and was frustrating trying to get it to work because WPA input fields are still set up like prior WEP encryption fields.
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. Although I was able to control the robot at a remote site I was unable to see any image whatsoever. No answer so far from tech support after 30 days I'm keeping it because I will reuse the parts in another robot. Set it up with a better IP camera etc.
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.. and when it does work, it takes forever to dock.) The webcam on this is ok for well lit rooms, but is *really* poor for dark rooms - and the headlight is a joke - it's really dim.