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: Rovio, is a fun toy for learning how to operate a robot over the net. Camera is useful for looking at area, but it has limited view options. With only three position, where the first and second are streight ahead and the third is a 60 degree up view. Make sure you have a fast computer because system delay can send Rovio into objects or down stairs. Must program as adminstrator then use guest login.
Summary: Bought this toy used due to the reviews, the setup was really a work out especially if you had all windows 7 in your house, had to dual boot on XP just for the set-up. after that its playing time..everything works on wifi like a charm, with a 2 second delay on 3g iphone. Gets dark with ambient light, I think if wowwee would just fix software issues and minor hardware this would be a hit for those who are not as patient and as tech as I am.
Summary: I have used Rovio for almost two years now. In that time I had the IR tower go out on me and also a wheel encoder. WowWee honoured their product and sent me replacement parts - took forever, but they did send the parts. Apart from build issues, Rovio is possibly the coolest product I have ever used. I can access and drive this robot all over mm house from the other side of the world - very neat.
Summary: The Rovio in itself is very impressive. At the same time though the setup could prove to be very difficult if you do not have patience and lack problem solving skills. Essentially you have a home surveillance robot on the cheap. A price tag of $150 is actually a good deal in my opinion. However the instructions to set up the robot lack information and are pretty useless.
Summary: Sorry to all the one-star reviewers, but ... I think this thing is awesome. Not only has it provided a way for me to teach my nephew about networking, it's also fun and comes with a coolness factor that techies like me enjoy. Please note, if you'd like to use this camera from a remote location, you'll need a bit of bandwidth.
Summary: I was a little scared about getting Rovio after reading so many bad reviews. But I'm glad I did. It does what it promises to do and it works. This web-cam was a great help for me when I went on vacation and left my cat home alone. I could check on her food and water, and talk to her. I was able to operate it from Hawaii by using my Blackberry as a modem to get internet connection to Laptop.
Summary: It is a really nice toy, but there is room for improvment. The camera positioning, additional control from the web, and the light need to be brighter. I suggest if they sell a software development kit (SDK) with it so that technical guys can build thier own versions out of it.
Summary: I have owned it 3 days at this point. I am working in Iraq as a unmanned vehicle operator. My wife's tech computer level is average or less. She set it up and said it wasn't hard. It works OK in low light (ceiling lights) and awesome in daylight. It did not work great out of the box. Uploaded the firmware to the most recent beta and now it works pretty good.