WowWee Rovio, Everything the Aibo Should Be



WowWee, makers of such fine products as cat-hunting dragonflies, have unveiled a new, fairly badass three-wheeling robot for home use that's not all the different from the specs we've seen in Sony's new rumored AIBO. A webcam-enabled robot featuring a Northstar GPS system, you can spy on anyone in your house from anywhere in the world.

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Syncing with your PC via Wi-Fi, WowWee sees users controlling the Rovio through the internet, cellphones, and yes, even game consoles. What's really promising is that instead of just navigating through your hallways via arm-mounted webcam, you can set waypoints (aka bathrooms) within your house and send your evil minion Rovio there with the click of a button.

The Rovio can also roam your house autonomously, recharging itself at a station ala Roomba. And while LEDs will illuminate your dark, cavernous home with ease, WowWee hasn't gone so far as to offer a decent laser cannon to ward off that prick you inevitably catch boinking your wife.

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(On an unrelated note, honey, I may be in Vegas, but I see everything. And I mean everything.

DISCUSSION

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Take that, Spykee! When you are (at least) several months late on your ship date, another product comes along and blows you away. I've canceled my Spykee order and will buy a Rovio. Oh, but go ahead and keep announcing new Spykee models before you've released your first.