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Picture of Rovio Picture: WowWee
  • Type, Locomotion:
  • Wheeled
  • Released:
  • 2008
  • Rovio, the Wi-Fi enabled webcam, is regarded as a telepresence robot because of its capability to allow a person to interact with other people where it roams. This interactive robot was created by WowWee in 2008.

    With Rovio, a user can interact and make his presence felt in simultaneous locations, as long as there is a machine that is internet-enabled - be it a PC, Mac, smartphone, PDA, or game consoles. The intelligent system of this interactive telepresence robot allows it to automatically detect the user’s computer settings, enabling it to assist in the setup process. Equipped with a moveable camera and wide range of vision and sensors, the robot allows the user to see and hear exactly what it sees and hears.

    Rovio is fully controllable by the user and can be manipulated to return to its docking station for charging. Its waypoints can be preset so it can freely navigate a certain location without controlling every step that it will make. Its built-in LED headlight allows it to navigate dim locations.

    Features of Rovio:

    • Dimensions: 13.5”x12”x14” (HWD)
    • Weight: 5 lbs
    • Rechargeable NiMH battery
    • Omni directional wheels
    • Head-mounted VGA camera
    • LED lights
    • Speaker and microphone for two-way audio
    • USB connectivity
    • Wi-Fi connectivity





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