WowWee Robosapien V2
- Can do almost everything you’ve ever dreamed of, funny dialogue, It’s a robot!
- Cannot walk diagonally, difficult to pick up items
Do you like robots? (silly question really) Do you have a little spare cash? Then why are you still here?
Price$ 299.95 (AUD)
Words cannot describe the joy on our faces when we walked into the back room to be greeted by a robot. It is the kind of start to the day every kid dreams about. Affordable robotics have been a hot topic of discussion for decades, since TV shows like 'Transformers' first opened our minds to the ideas of what they may be able to do. Over this period of time, toys have, to varying degrees, captured some of these ideas, utilising elements of talking, moving and environmental interaction. The Robosapien combines all of these and takes them to the next level.
The unit ships with a remote control, reminiscent of the Xbox game pad, and the face is absolutely littered with buttons. There are two thumb-sticks, two sets of four face buttons, as well as four shoulder buttons. All of this makes for quite a daunting experience out of the box.
Once you spend ten minutes with the manual however, it all begins to make sense, and the confusion just melts away in a blissful blend of witty robot one-liners and awestruck co-workers. This thing can pretty much do all those things you've dreamed about. It can walk at different paces, and can acquire a target (directed with a light from the top of the remote) to move towards. It even has optical sensors to determine when it is about to run into something and corrects its path accordingly.
That is not to say movement is perfect. The biggest annoyance we had was that the Robosapien cannot walk diagonally. To turn he must stop and rotate in a circle till he is facing the appropriate direction, then continue his march forwards. Being able to designate a direction and have him continue forwards at the same time would make movement much more fun. We also found him a little slow for the sort of pranks and general fun we were trying to have with him, so a small speed increase wouldn't go astray.
All four of its limbs, as well as its head and torso can all be manipulated using the second thumb-stick. This includes the ability to pick things up at two different heights and to throw them. The highlight of our time with the Robosapien was when a colleague placed a toy dog in front of it. Robosapien contemptuously picked up the poor creature, crushed its head and threw it away. We would have liked the optical sensors to extend to the limbs as picking things up is extremely difficult in general, and has more to do with the actual position of the robot in relation to the item than control of the hands. The ability to sense nearby objects on the floor and move the arms towards them would take this toy to the next level.
The Robosapien has other features that simply fall into the "cool" category. He has a lot of preset moves, our favourite being the dance feature, in which he bops along to a variety of songs and even at one point does - you guessed it - The Robot. He also has the ability to pick himself up after a fall onto his back, which is definitely a sight worth seeing.
Even the recorded voice tracks are of a high quality. One would expect them to get annoying after a short period, but many of them are genuinely funny and we found they added to the experience.
One of the best things about the Robosapien is that it still manages to be an affordable package. We can see this being a big hit come Christmas time, as the sub $200 price really puts it within reach of most families. Just be sure not to let its optical sensors come in contact with any toy canines or you could have a bloodbath on your hands.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Griffin's PowerMate is the Surface Dial dead-ringer that's trapped in Mac land
- Take a ride on Positron’s Voyager, a full-motion chair for VR cinema
- Intel showed how 5G networking will power VR and self-driving cars
- Sony's Android-powered Xperia projector turns any flat surface into a touch screen
- IBM's hub for wearables could have you out of the hospital faster
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTDatacentre Solution ArchitectVIC
- FTPERMANENT Business AnalystsVIC
- FTPERMANENT Business AnalystsSA
- FTSenior System EngineerNSW
- FTTester AnalystACT
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTProduct LeadVIC
- TPSenior Project Manager | DETQLD
- FTSenior UX/UI DesignerNSW
- FTFull Stack .NET DeveloperWA
- FTBusiness AnalystSA
- FTFull Stack DeveloperQLD
- FTWindows Server Engineer MCSE, SCCM, SCOM, PowershellNSW
- FTSAP ABAP Technical specialistACT
- FTJunior Business Analyst / Project Coordinator dual roleVIC
- FTHelpdesk AnalystNSW
- FTSenior Business Analyst - Agile and Business ProcessNSW
- FTSenior Desktop Engineer - SCCM / AD / 2012 ServerNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTSenior Analyst ProgrammerACT
- FTTest AdvertSA
- CCService Delivery Analyst - Port MacquarieNSW
- CCServer SOE EngineerACT
- FTTechnical LeadVIC