WowWee, the company that brought us Robosapiens and animatronic creatures, has now branched out. They have a series of iPod compatible multimedia pico projectors powered by TI’s DLP technology. The Cinemin Suite’s Swivel is a lightweight micro projector that has an adjustable 90º hinge to adjust the lens, full volume control and a 3 hr. battery life. The Stick has an internal memory with an expandable SD card slot. The Station is somewhat larger but includes an iPod docking station and media center. Unveiled at the CES, no price has been announced.
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WowWee is at it again with new cubs to cuddle. These Alive pets come in Polar Bear, Panda, Lion, and White Tiger. Each cub purrs and mews with blinking eyes and animated mouth. Leave it alone and it will enter sleep mode, snore for 5 minutes, then power down. Recommended for kids over three, each pet comes with its own adoption certificate. Look for the cubs with a price of $59.99 each.
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WowWee has finally moved on from their inane Chatterbots to bring us all the Tribot, which we first introduced you to in February from the CES. Obviously named for its three-wheeled base, the bot can move in 8 directions (including diagonal.)The kewl tilt trigger button allows you to move him in directions by just moving the remote around. He will also tell jokes and stories and refers to himself as “the most rad robot in the galaxy.”
Wait, there’s more. Use Tribot as a guard against alien bots or dogs, as an alarm that needs a tap on the head to shut him up, challenge him to a game of hide and seek, or play one of three driving games. We would have been happy if he just cleaned up our room.
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WowWee is back with useless desktop toys they named Chatterbots. The Fairy Godfather, Dog, and Devil/Angel connect to a PC or Mac by USB and react by driving you nuts with inane comments every time you type via its built-in speaker. Each one runs on 4 AA batteries (not included.) You can also program in more words and phrases to add to its vocabulary and utilize it with e-mail, IM, and other programs. We can’t believe that someone would pay $49.99 for this. Check out their video and see for yourself.
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Speaking of WowWee, their FlyTech Butterfly will soon be available. The toy is lightweight and as garish as it can be. You charge it, then push launch and there it goes, running into walls, furniture, and people as depicted in this video. With a wing span of 11.8-inches, the winged insect can fly for about 20 seconds after a recharge time of 10. The company claims that its being constructed from durable, highly flexible materials makes it “safe and able to withstand multiple crash landings.” We’re not sure that your lamps and electronics would agree with that. Needing 3 AAA batteries (not included,) the Butterfly will be available in upcoming weeks.
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Among their plasticky robotic things, WowWee introduced their new Alive line of cubs. The panda, white tiger, polar bear and lion cubs are actually articulated robots with sensors that detect the angle at which they are being held and where they are being touched. The Alive Cubs will be available this Spring at an MSRP of $59.
On the plasticky side of things, in addition to the Mr. Personality robot just released, WowWee has three robots on deck: the Tribot, the Rovio, and the Bladestar. The Tribot is a remote controlled, 3-wheeled robot which features an alarm clock and can move in almost any direction. Tribot will be available this spring for an estimated $99. The Rovio is a roving robotic video and audio recorder which can be controlled remotely through its own website. The website also broadcasts Rovio’s video and audio feeds. Rovio will be available in the fourth quarter of 2008 for an estimated $299. The Bladestar is the next generation Dragonfly - a super capacitor powers the wings, and an infrared signal bounces off obstacles (walls, ceilings, exceptionally large headed friends) to make sure Bladestar stays on an unobstructed flight path. Bladestar will be available in February for an estimated $49.
So we have brought you the RoboQuad, Alive Elvis, and RoboDragonfly - but truth be told, many tech geeks out there have a hidden, softer side. Wow Wee recognizes this apparently, as evidenced by the RoboPanda. This cute little guy talks with you, and even requests your loving embrace. Truth be told, it has sensors on it’s hands and belly so that it can recognize touch, and react accordingly. See the full demo in the video above, and let us know what you think. Buying one?
While at the Wow Wee booth, we were able to get our hands on the new jacked up Robosapien, the RS MEDIA. This guys records and plays back video, sings, dances, talks, throws things, and a whole lot more. He even has multiple personalities that can be stored on separate memory units or on a PC. We talk to Wow Wee, and the RS MEDIA itself, in this episode. Watch for the dancing - this guy is a dancing machine. Get it? Heh. Yeah.
While we were walking the show floor, we caught a glimpse of a robotic dragonfly flying above our heads. We followed it back to it’s home, which was the Wow Wee both, and chatted with them about this fun little flying robotic device. Oh, and it’s cheap too - all this fun for just $50 USD.
Last week at CES, Wow Wee gave us a look at their Alive Elvis singing robotic bust, as well as their new Roboquad. Check out both robo-beings in this video, and be sure to check back, because we have a more in-depth look at some of Wow Wee’s other new robots in just a bit.