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WowWee Roborover Review (Page 3 of 3)



Fall Detection

Should your Roborover fall forward, he will balance on his treads at the 45 degree angle and continue moving and making comments. However, if he falls backwards while climbing something large, you'll have to pick him up and set him back on his tracks!  Also notice in the video that you cannot make him run forward in this position.

Object Detection

As I stated above, the Roborover's sensors are on while you are driving him around, but if you want to turn them off, this is how you do it: quickly press the Forward button direction twice and hold the button down. This command is only for the Forward driving, I discovered, but the manual does not tell you this.

Seek Function

Yep, it's back... the seek function. This is one function that I've heard around the community that everyone enjoyed in the older WowWee robots.  This Seek function allows Roborover to follow you around or locate where you are. He can still detect and avoid obstacles as he moves. To use this function, just press and hold down the SEEK button on your remote, as he seeks you out he will comment and tell jokes as he goes until he finds you.

Explore Mode

Let your Roborover free to roam around and explore his world.  Once you press the EXPLORE button he will start off and explore and commenting as he goes plus avoiding objects as well. His free will will expire in 3 minutes or when you give him another command. If no command is given, he will enter a standby mode which will be explained later on.

Lookout Mode

Entering the Lookout Mode is easy to do by pressing the LOOKOUT button twice. When he first enters this mode, he will do a long range scan of his environment "front and back" which is around 4 to 6 feet and if there are objects in close range then he will do a short range scan in which is around 12 inches.  If he does not detect anything for 10 minutes, he will exit the Lookout mode and wait for a command. If still after 2 minutes with no replies from his remote he goes into the Standby mode. At any time during the 10 minutes of him being in the Lookout mode, you can press the STOP button for him to exit and then he will tell you if he saw anything.

Standby Mode

If Roborover has no interaction from you for about 2 minutes, he will make a comment and enter his standby mode. To wake him up, just press any button on his remote.

Sleep Mode

After 10 minutes (well, really 12 minutes in all) he will shutdown his power.  In this mode it's different to wake him up than from the Standby mode.  Just press his bumper plate in the front between the treads and below the headlights, or just turn him off and then back on again.

The manual states that if you are done playing with Roborover to turn him off completely. Well, I found that when you do this, he resets his memory and is back to the "shy mode" again. At first, I was powering him down this way and wondering why he wasn't becoming less shy over time. So, I started to just leave him in the Sleep mode and wake him up for another movie shoot or just to fool around with what he can do.

I discovered that by allowing him to "sleep" and not powering him down completely, he retains his memory and learns your playing habits... a VERY COOL feature of this bot.  Of course, if you are planning on putting him into storage for long periods of time, you will want to power him down completely.  That being said, using him in short bursts with the sleep mode, never shutting him down, I have been using the same batteries for over a week with no signs of losing power.

Games

Roborover has two different games, which, in my opinion, are not quite as good as Tri-Bot's games, but still very fun to play and addictive.

Game 1

The Tomb game:

In the game, Roborover will drive a pattern and then ask you to correctly repeat his pattern by using his remote. To win the game, drive him in the same pattern and to help you out; he will give you three tries if you run into the "Tomb Wall," so if you hit the wall three time during your try you will lose. The more you play it, the harder the tomb maze gets. I only got to level 7 until I lost, but I'll keep trying to get higher.

Game 2

The Swamp Game

This game is somewhat the same as the Tomb Game, but with this one you have a time limit to get out of the swamp to win. Once again, he will drive you a maze out of the swamp. As you drive him using the remote he will make comments to you as to whether or not you're driving in the correct direction.  However, if you go too far from his original pattern that he made for you, he will "SINK" into the swamp and then the game will be over. This one is a bit harder but yet fun and really gets your memory working!

Conclusions

I hope you enjoyed this review as much as I had when writing it. I f I left out anything please post a message for me and I'll try to answer it for you, and also rate this review for me if you liked it or not so I can improve these reviews for you when I do them!

I'm also planning on working on taking him apart to show you the inside of Roborover and how he works.  But let me tell you, taking him apart will be a new experience and different from most of the WowWee bots I have played with.

Jax

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October 16, 2009 3:46 PM

Thanks for interesting review, GWJax!

Just two questions.
1. Is Roborover NOT PROGRAMMABLE AT ALL (first non-programmable robot from WowWee)? Or you just omitted the programming section?
2. What sensors does it have?

October 16, 2009 4:00 PM

Shai Alyt NEMO said: Thanks for interesting review, GWJax! Just two questions. 1. Is Roborover NOT PROGRAMMABLE AT ALL (first non-programmable robot from WowWee)? Or you just omitted the programming section? 2. What sensors does it have?

That is correct the Rover is NOT programmable.. As of the sensors it has on his headlights IR sensor and on the back another IR sensor set

IR sensors are in the outside lights.

This is the back IR sensor.

If you have any other questions please ask and thanks for reading the review..

Jax

GWJax, To Hack and make mods on robots is a life style and comes natural and not by choice. If a robot has a screw to open it then it must be opened!

View unverified member's comment - posted by JR

November 3, 2009 7:58 PM

JR said: Does the Roborover work well on any type of carpet or just hard surfaces. Thanks JR

JR the rover does run on carpet but just a bit slower. My thinking to this is the caster on the back that I would install a rough terrain wheel to help with the movement.

Jax

GWJax, To Hack and make mods on robots is a life style and comes natural and not by choice. If a robot has a screw to open it then it must be opened!

November 8, 2009 4:50 PM

Great review GW, perhaps your best ever, I'm sold!

November 10, 2009 3:49 PM

crmfghtr said: Great review GW, perhaps your best ever, I'm sold!

Glad you like it crmfghtr!! So are you saying that my other articles are just not up to par with this one..LOL

Let us know when you get one. I know you will love this one even though the draw back is that you can not program it, not even with the roboremote YET.

Jax

GWJax, To Hack and make mods on robots is a life style and comes natural and not by choice. If a robot has a screw to open it then it must be opened!

November 13, 2009 8:17 AM

Is this too advanced for a mature 4 1/2 year old boy?

November 13, 2009 7:53 PM

irispg said: Is this too advanced for a mature 4 1/2 year old boy?

Not at all!! The Rover would be a great gift for him..

Jax

GWJax, To Hack and make mods on robots is a life style and comes natural and not by choice. If a robot has a screw to open it then it must be opened!

November 24, 2009 5:58 PM

what is the difference between roborover 8445 and 8405?
thanks for answer

November 24, 2009 7:42 PM

claudine said: what is the difference between roborover 8445 and 8405? thanks for answer

Color of the Rover I think. All rovers operate the same.

Jax

GWJax, To Hack and make mods on robots is a life style and comes natural and not by choice. If a robot has a screw to open it then it must be opened!

November 24, 2009 8:04 PM

I was evaluating a type of robot for my kid. He loves them. My only concern with all these types of robots is the battery. How long does it last? Can I use re-cargeable battery?

November 24, 2009 8:08 PM

I am looking to buy a robot for my kid. But my concern with these type of robots are the quantity of battery it uses. How long does the battery last? Can I use rechargeable batteries?

November 24, 2009 8:10 PM

LAC said: I was evaluating a type of robot for my kid. He loves them. My only concern with all these types of robots is the battery. How long does it last? Can I use re-cargeable battery?

Rechargables are great for the Rover and will give you a longer run time. As stated in the review keeping him on all the time yet running him in short burts I got just over a week of play. As of running him all the time each day you might be looking at around 4 to 5 days on standard batteries.

Jax

GWJax, To Hack and make mods on robots is a life style and comes natural and not by choice. If a robot has a screw to open it then it must be opened!

View unverified member's comment - posted by WALL-E-JOE

January 9, 2010 8:12 PM

WALL-E-JOE said: Hello. I am french. I have bought a robot rover for my son. It does not work. It gives a reaction from time to time to the remote control. Have you a solution so that it works ? Is there a reset button ? Thank you for your help.

First there is no reset button on the Roborover but the power switch. When it is acting up like that which mine did the same thing, it turned out to be the batteries. Make sure you have brand new durcell or energizer batteries in him as well as the remote.

If this does not help your problem please post a video so I can see how it reacts and we'll go from there. Also please post if this did fix the Rover.

Jax

GWJax, To Hack and make mods on robots is a life style and comes natural and not by choice. If a robot has a screw to open it then it must be opened!

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