I just bought a new Rovio this week. I am glad to see from the community that this Rovio is still not out-of-date. So many lovers are still making good use of it, and even hacking/moding it. Now I have started a very time consuming path to make fully use of my Rovio.
The first impression to me is the dark video images, that I can't even see anything in the evening in the room with all lights on. From the threads here, I know it is a common issue, however I can not endure it in this way. I see following options which may help, and like to see you guys opinion:
Improve the lights of the room - I think it may be stupid to do this for me, as my wife would blame me for doing this just for a rubbish robot.
Roviocommander improved the brightness by 200%? - I saw the introduction of that software saying like this. I am not able to install that, yet. Is it realy true and help?
Headlights - I saw many examples of DIY. What's the performance of the Woewee offical released headlights as below? http://www.wowwee.com/en/products/tech/telepresence/rovio/rovio-headlight
Official improvement - I saw threads long time ago, when the folks were optimistic that the brightness could be enhanced some time later by official firmware upgrade. However seems that 1 or 2 years passed but no official solution is there. This made me much disapointed, and making me to think that this issue could not be fixed by any software/firmware change.
Camera replacement - Seems that replacing the camera hardware is quite impossible from some threads.
Adding an IP camera - This is what I really want to dig deep into. Because it is a value-added thing to Rovio. As I see most IP camera can control its angel, directions as well. We can view and control the IP camera in one path, and controling the motion of Rovio in another path. If possible, integrating the interface of IP camera software and Rovio control software to make it like one thing.
Did anybody try this?