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: 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: 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 of sites you will need to know to help guide you with other complex questions. You don't install threw the disc that comes with the package!!!
Summary: I had wanted to buy a Rovio for a while but the bad reviews and high price kept me from doing so. I had been keeping an eye on the firmware updates being released for the device, and right after hearing that the beta firmware now supports WPA Wifi security, I happen to walk into a BJ's wholesale club on Christmas Eve and saw the Rovio on sale, so I decided to pick one up.
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.
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: 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. The software for windows is pretty good to (tele-) operate the robot. You get clear pictures and good overall control performance. For $300 this is a lot of value and it is fun to operate.