Evolution Robotics unveiled its NorthStar 2.0 system, which enables robots to be truly aware of their environment and perform everyday tasks with complete autonomy. The first product to use NorthStar will be WowWee Group Limited’s new Rovio telepresence robot.

WowWee, an Optimal Group company (NASDAQ:OPMR), is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of innovative hi-tech consumer robotic and entertainment products.

Rovio WowWee Telepresence Robot

NorthStar works like a combination GPS, RADAR and autopilot system rolled into one. It’s designed to operate in everyday places like a home or office. So instead of showing you what exit to take on the highway, it guides your robot along a route that you establish, i.e. from your living room to a specific location in the kitchen. The system also represents a major breakthrough in price, coming in at 1/100th to 1/1000th the cost of equivalent systems used in research and industrial applications.

The list of new products in development includes:

— a new generation of intelligent floor care robots that clean better, faster and far more efficiently than any product currently on the market

— super smart toys that interact with kids at blazingly fast speeds and bring video game action to life into the real world

— telepresence robots (such as the new WowWee Rovio robot) that allow the user to connect to the home or office while away and check if everything is ok

With NorthStar, Rovio robot will be able to:

— let you drive the robot with shortcut “go-to” commands, (i.e. go to the kids’ room) to make it easy to control the robot remotely over the web or from your mobile phone

— operate in “patrol mode” and automatically send you pictures of specific locations you want to check, such as making sure your dogs have food in their bowl each morning, or that they weren’t sleeping on the living room couch again

— autonomously guide itself back on course if your kids pick it up and move it

— navigate to its charging station from anywhere in the house, and dock with pinpoint accuracy, when its batteries run low

Rovio telepresence robot will be available in the second half of 2008, at a retail price of $299. For more information and to see the latest WowWee products, please visit http://www.wowwee.com.

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