Wowed by Wowwee's Rovio

 
 
 

A few weeks back I ordered a Rovio from Woot.com.  The product page on Wowwee's site explains it best:

Rovio™ is the groundbreaking new Wi-Fi enabled mobile webcam that lets you view and interact with its environment through streaming video and audio, wherever you are! With Rovio, you will always be just a click away from the people and places that are important to you.

A perfect compliment to my Home Automation project. It was my first purchase from Woot and the process was fairly simple.  It did take quite a while to receive the Rovio unit, which is why it was even more unfortunate when I found out that the Rovios' battery wouldn't hold a charge.  

I followed the instructions, let it charge over night even.  Still wouldn't stay powered on long enough to pair with the included software.  At first I thought it was the software so I downloaded the latest version  from the Rovio support site.  That was a mistake.  The latest version failed installation every time and pegged the CPU.  After a couple attempts I gave up and contact tech support.

I submitted to tech support requests - 1 for the bunk software and 1 for the faulty battery.  Wowwee tech support responded within a day but didn't really offer much help right away.  The support ticket for the buggy software was closed after they sent me an email with links to the latest software (the version that crashed my PC).  The tech that responded the faulty power issue kept insisting that it was a bad power supply.  I insisted that the base powering station appeared to be working fine and that I had read elsewhere on the web that other users also experienced faulty batteries from the get-go.  Viola, they sent my new battery the next day.  

4 weeks from the day I ordere the Rovio from Woot.com, I could finally power it up and sync it with my home network.  And it was worth the wait.  This little robot is like the cherry on top of my Home Automation solution.  Now I can be at work and show my co-workers around my house in any web browser.  If you want 2-way audio it has to be a flavor of IE, though.

One of the cool things about the Wowwee Rovio is that there a lot of ways you can control it. Android and iPod/iPhone devices have apps in their respective market places that allow you take the control of the Rovio with you almost anywhere.

Why did I buy a Rovio from Woot.com?  Because I couldn't think of a better way to spend $100. 

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