I like it, but you better have an XP machine for initial SW installation
Albert R Hydeman, Amazon
12 September 2013
Summary: It works... it works VERY well. And yes, you can port-forward and control it from anywhere in the internet world. I travel a lot so I wanted something I could use to look in on my cat while I am gone. This totally fits my need. But BEWARE! The initial software is NOT WINDOWS 7 COMPATIBLE.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Ok for people with Windows7 it will only work if you are using the 32bit OC system Won't work if your using the 64bit system :( I found this out the hard way, Lucky for me I have more then one drive to use so I formated my back up drive and reinstalled OC Windows7 32bit system and here is a couple...
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.
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.
Summary: The Rovio is basically a web cam on wheels. The robot comes with more than that. The platform has an on-board derivative of the Evolution Northstar system for localization and homing to give it navigation functionality. The web cam can be used in 3 different poses.