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WowWee Rovio (CES 2008)

 - Jan 6, 2008
References: wowwee & designboom
WowWee has brought us the RoboSapien, RoboReptile, RoboRaptor, the Dragonfly Robot, and more. At the Consumer Electronics Show 2008, WowWee introduced the Rovio - a rolling cart-like gizmo that features a video camera. Rovio can be controlled from any device with an internet connection which means the video can be watched online while you control it via your cellphone.

In another post, Trend Hunter's Bianca Bartz notes, "The Rovio is a favourite, for sure. It's a Wi-Fi controlled web cam that you steer around, like an electronic car, but instead, the remote control can be your cellphone, computer, video game console, PDA, etc. It can be seen in the gallery, but it's a really neat little invention. It has a camera built in so you can watch the surroundings the electronic gizmo is guided into. From remote locations, users can easily get the Rovio to interact with its surroundings thanks to the clear picture and sound. It has NorthStar, which is basically a mini GPS system so the robot know where is it, as well as the objects around it, making navigation a breeze."