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.
Summary: "asez bien niveau camera avec son gran angle de vision on peut vraimant voir tout se quil ya autour de lui et se qui est bien cest sa camera mobile alors sa cest trop top mais le spykee est un peu mieu car il a des effets sonors et lumineux mais ca camera n'est pas mobile domage et en plus il est monter sur chenille donc il peut vraimant passer partout sauf monter et descendre les escalier"