WowWee Rovio Mobile Webcam Review
Introduction and Features
WowWee Rovio takes mobile webcam technology to the next level
Modern home networking technology solutions integrate all types of home appliances and security devices that can be monitored from any smartphone connected to the internet around the world. WowWee wanted a piece of the home security action and introduced the Rovio mobile webcam at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2008.
Their goal with the Rovio was simple -- create a wireless and movable webcam that could be manipulated and viewed from any PC or mobile device 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We got to test drive one for several weeks, and after some initial issues during installation, we actually had a pretty mixed experience with the Rovio. Read more about our evaluation period with this device to see if it will be a good device to integrate into your own home security system.
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The WowWee Rovio has three wheels that actually include 10 smaller wheels on each wheel hub that helps it move in any direction you want to go. The camera on the Rovio outputs to 640x480 resolution, which is pretty clear under well-lit conditions when it streams to the internet. The VGA camera is mounted to the "head" of the Rovio that can be configured in three different positions to allow users to see right in front of them at floor level as well as at a 45-degree angle.
WowWee Rovio Mobile Webcam Features
- Easily control Rovio remotely 24/7 from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Use any web-enabled device: PC or Mac, cell phone, smartphone, PDA or even your video game console.
- Rovio detects your computer settings and guides you through the setup process.
- Its head-mounted moveable camera and wide range of vision enable you to see and hear exactly what Rovio sees and hears, on your screen.
- Set waypoints so that Rovio can navigate itself around your home, without having to control each step yourself!*
- At the click of a button, send Rovio back to the charging dock using its self-docking capabilities - even when you are not at home!*
- Guide Rovio through dimly lit locations with the aid of its built-in LED headlight.
- Rechargeable NiMH battery included
- 1 x Charging dock with built-in TrueTrack Beacon
- 3 x Omni-directional wheels
- 1 x Head-mounted VGA camera
- LED illumination
- 1 x Speaker and 1 x microphone for 2-way audio
- USB connectivity
- Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b and 802.11g)