January 14, 2008 A scaled back version of the Rovio Wi-Fi robot webcam, the Spyball from WowWee is a remote controlled, Wi-Fi enabled, transforming robotic ball that allows kids to see what their brother or sister is up to, as well as checking out what’s for dinner in the kitchen – all undetected.
The new robotic toy unveiled at CES 2009 promises to be more affordable than the USD$299 Rovio (but no exact figure or release date has been revealed at this stage). The integrated spy-cam captures video and still images and is equipped with wheels designed for fast, smooth mobility and 360-degree turns. The transformable shape changes from ball to camera and back again to enable the device to move with stealth and in disguise.
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To watch the live action from the spycam, users can make a connection via any Wi-Fi-enabled device including a PC, laptop, video game console or mobile phone. The included USB cable allows users to configure a simple home network setup process that will allow the Spyball spycam to be controlled from any remote location via the web.