We knew that ROVIO, the new WowWee mobile webcam robot we reviewed a couple weeks ago, was going to capture a lot of media and public attention, but it never occurred to us to put it head to head with robots from the police bomb squad!
That's exactly what KGO-TV, the San Francisco ABC station did in their "Cell phone controlled robot" news video feature yesterday. How did ROVIO fare? Extremely well. While the KGO-TV reviewer did have some small concerns, the review is very positive and sure to gain a lot of new fans for the innovative robot.
The new WowWee ROVIO mobile webcam robot hasn't shipped in volume yet, though there are reports popping up on the net of users getting early units, and so far they are all extremely positive. Some owners have already started to hack this innovative robotic platform, and WowWee seems totally committed to supporting and promoting their efforts.
The company has already released a down-loadable detailed 44 page manual documenting the complete ROVIO API interface. Based on quick read through of the manual, we think the ROVIO should be easy to operate under program control and to interface with custom programs.
Let the games begin!
Andy Warhol's famous line about everyone getting "15 minutes of fame" came to mind this week when Jon Gordon, the host of Future Tense, called to talk about the new ROVIO mobile webcam robot from WowWee. Look for the 'MP3" towards the top of the Future Tense post to download the audio interview.
Of course in our case it was more like 2 minutes of fame, but we still felt very honored and lucky to be a part of Jon's popular radio program. We're regular listeners to Future Tense, via iTunes, and find it to be an excellent source for interesting and sometimes thought provoking technology news. The program, which is produced by American Public Media, is broadcast daily and is a regular feature on CBC's "As It Happens" radio program.
Reader questions about the awesome ROVIO mobile webcam robot from WowWee have already started to flow in. We thought it would be better to try and respond to them as they come up rather than let them pile up. Here's the first set of ROVIO inquiries from our curious readers.
’WowWee ROVIO FAQ – Part 1’ continues
We've always been enamoured with 'remote presence' as a future concept, but our experience this week with the new ROVIO robot quickly converted us from skeptics into true believers. This extremely well thought-out robot has been designed with the user's needs in mind from the start. The ROVIO is intuitive and is a pleasure to use from the moment you first open the box.