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WowWee Rovio Resources: Reviews, Hacks, Conversations, and More

RoboCommunity is proud to be your one-stop shop for all things Rovio.  The mobile telepresence 'bot has generated quite a bit of excitement with the tech and robotics community... from super-geeks and Linux coders all the way to newcomers to the hobby.

Given the massive amount of interest, activity, and participation - there's more Rovio resources out there than you can shake your web browser at.  Here's RoboCommunity's "short list" of must-have Rovio goodies.

Please feel free to comment or send feedback if you have something you'd like added to this listing!

Rovio Reviews & How-To's

WowWee Rovio Review and Unboxing (by community member: Rudolph)

How To Set Up Your WowWee Rovio For External Access Over The Internet (by community member: Peter Redmer)

WowWee Rovio and Router Configuration for Verizon FIOS Users (by community member: epyon)

Setting Up Rovio On A Mac With An Ad Hoc Connection (by editor Peter Redmer)

WowWee Rovio Official YouTube Tutorial Videos (by WowWee Robotics)

Review of Official WowWee Headlight Attachment (by Peter Redmer)

See All Rovio Articles

Rovio Hacks and Mods

Head Mounted LED Light Hack for Rovio (by community member: Rudolph)

Rear mounted LED Light Hack for Rovio (by community member: Jimi)

Dimming the Bright Blue LED's With A Simple Mod (by community member: iZoo)

Mini Mag Lite Headlight Mod (by community member Michael Walsh)

Rovio "Master" Mod (by community member Thel)

See All Rovio Articles

Hot Conversations About Rovio

Rovio Beta Firmware 5.00b10 Now Available!

Basic networking

Official Beta Testing Thread

Yet Another Headlight Mod

Rovio WebServer (URL's, JavaScript, and tech stuff)

Rovio Enhancement Requests

See All Rovio Discussions

Rovio Downloads and Beta Firmware

Rovio LED Cover Sticker Template (by community member: iZoo)

Rovio API Specifications 1.2

Rovio Beta Firmware 5.00b10 (Updated 01/19/2009)

Rovio Software Setup 1.8.8.3b (Updated 01/19/2009)

Rovio User's Manual

See All Downloads for Rovio

Rovio Development

Text Mode Client for Linux (by community member: Rudolph)

Experimental Rovio BlackBerry Client (by community member: bbrovio)

Rovio Commander Program with Brightness and Joystick Control (by community member: cowboyctx)

Rovio Battery Specifications (by community member: milw)

RovioWrap Program Interface and Code Project (by community member: Sidekick)

Tags : rovio

Discussion:    Add a Comment | Comments 1-13 of 13 | Latest Comment

January 26, 2009 8:11 PM

interesting

February 11, 2009 12:43 PM

Agreed

June 23, 2009 7:31 AM

they are ausm...it was a great adventure like feel..i like it .

View unverified member's comment - posted by milo

November 20, 2009 3:29 PM

I've built a Rovio hack. It basically raises Rovio up to human level with a web cam on an electric antenna(approx. 5' ). It was designed to tour Art galleris and museums. ie. A patron in Japan could virtually Tour a US gallery. I will give more details if anyone has interest.
Waramungus

View unverified member's comment - posted by revkoolkat

View unverified member's comment - posted by Cborobo

March 16, 2011 2:50 PM

I received the Rovio as a gift and was very excited about it. It held great promise as a mobile webcam.

I attempted to set up the unit following all of the instructions to the letter. I quickly found out that it was made ONLY for use with Windows XP. At a time when Windows 7 is now the prevalent operating system it seems fairly lame that a company is still (after years now) using an operating system TWO versions back. TechSupport was zero help. While they always respond, it is usually to say, "No, we don't do that or, Sorry that is not planned or Sorry..." you get the picture.

I was able to connect to the unit by setting up a Windows XP VM on my Windows 7 PC. I got in to the unit and set everything according to the instructions. Success, right?!

No.

The unit bricked and would not allow me to reconnect. MANY tries were fruitless. Tech Support's response? "Sorry we don't..."

So now I have an interesting door stop but not much else...what to do.

FINALLY (after endless tries), I got WowWee support (amazingly) to agree to give me another one. They gave me the shipping information and case number; I packaged the unit back in its original box and packing EXACTLY as it had been delivered to me and sent it. I had to pay to ship it myself - $32.00. I asked WowWee support to reimburse me. Response: "Sorry we don't..." See a pattern here?

Ok, days went by, I tracked the shipment and saw that it had arrived but then the next day, was at a station in NY. Hmmm...what gives? Oh, maybe they are shipping me the other one. I got my hopes up...bad move.

The unit was REFUSED by WowWee and sent back to me unopened! No reason given.

So it arrived back to me. I asked Tech Support for a manager to escalate this. Obviously I was dealing with people who were...um...less than professional here so I hoped to get someone higher up. Tech support..."Sorry, we don't have anyone. Just email Customer support and a manager will read it."

By now, I was losing any vestige of hope (or confidence) that anyone from Wowwee actually gave a hoot about their products or their customers but I wrote to Customer Support anyway.

To date (some considerable time has passed) I have never heard a word. Even the Tech Support guys do not respond anymore. I am out $32 and have a funny looking doorstop.

Whatever you do, NEVER do any business with WowWee unless you appreciate being treated like a piece of crap.

March 26, 2011 11:39 AM

Hello,

I'm interested on the Rovio but I am not sure whether I will need a beacon in every room if I attend to drive it from the web?

thanks,
TC.

March 26, 2011 12:23 PM updated: March 26, 2011 12:25 PM

If your experience ends up anyting like mine, you'll be wasting a lot of money:
1. The Rovio never worked, just bricked up during setup.
2. The company refused to replace or refund anything. I even sent it to them (in accordance with their instructions) and they sent it back labeled "Shipment Refused". After that, they would not even respond to inquiries as to why.

The thing is still siting int the box that it was returned to me in (unopened). In reality (in my experience at least) it is only good as a door stop.

My advice is to avoid this product and the company at all costs.

March 26, 2011 12:28 PM

I've read that before in fact... I'm getting mixed feelings about it.

March 28, 2011 7:34 AM

There seems to be a huge disconnect between the guys who respond to website support requests and Customer Service. While the website guys always responded (they never actually did anything, mostly just said they could not do XX or YY regardless of the request) but the CS guys pretty much sent out "Robo" messages (no pun intended) and pretty much blew off any requests or concerns by the customer. My last request about them refusing delivery of the defective unit and sending it back to me never even got a response!

End of day, I am stuck with a unit that costs nearly $300 and since it is a Canadian company, I am pretty much powerless to get anyone in the US to enforce anything. I am just out of luck.

Be wary of ordering stuff outside your own country. LOTS of things can go wrong AND be especially wary of ordering from THIS company. IMO, they have LOTS of 'issues'.

March 28, 2011 7:55 AM

I received the Rovio and was very excited about it. It held great promise as a mobile webcam.

I attempted to set up the unit following all of the instructions to the letter. I quickly found out that it was made ONLY for use with Windows XP. At a time when Windows 7 is now the prevalent operating system it seems fairly lame that a company is still (after years now) using an operating system TWO versions back. TechSupport was zero help. While they always respond, it is usually to say, "No, we don't do that or, Sorry that is not planned or Sorry..." you get the picture.

I was able to connect to the unit by setting up a Windows XP VM on my Windows 7 PC. I got in to the unit and set everything according to the instructions. Success, right?!

No.

The unit bricked and would not allow me to reconnect. MANY tries were fruitless. Tech Support's response? "Sorry we don't..."

So now I have an interesting door stop but not much else...what to do.

FINALLY (after endless tries), I got WowWee support (amazingly) to agree to give me another one. They gave me the shipping information and case number; I packaged the unit back in its original box and packing EXACTLY as it had been delivered to me and sent it. I had to pay to ship it myself - $32.00. I asked WowWee support to reimburse me. Response: "Sorry we don't..." See a pattern here?

Ok, days went by, I tracked the shipment and saw that it had arrived but then the next day, was at a station in NY. Hmmm...what gives? Oh, maybe they are shipping me the other one. I got my hopes up...bad move.

The unit was REFUSED by WowWee and sent back to me unopened! No reason given.

So it arrived back to me. I asked Tech Support for a manager to escalate this. Obviously I was dealing with people who were...um...less than professional here so I hoped to get someone higher up. Tech support..."Sorry, we don't have anyone. Just email Customer support and a manager will read it."

By now, I was losing any vestige of hope (or confidence) that anyone from Wowwee actually gave a hoot about their products or their customers but I wrote to Customer Support anyway.

To date (some considerable time has passed) I have never heard a word. Even the Tech Support guys do not respond anymore. I am out $32 and have a funny looking doorstop.

Whatever you do, NEVER do any business with WowWee unless you appreciate being treated like a piece of crap.

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