MiP Robot Review

MiP RobotsWowWee MiP Balancing Robot Review
Our rating: 4.5 stars

For kids, teens and adults who like robot toys, the WowWee MiP robot could be the perfect gift. Standing around 8 inches tall, it balances on two wheels, has its own personality, and comes with a tray for delivering whatever you want it to carry.

You can choose to have your robot come in white with black trim, or black with silver trim, or you can get them both in the MiP 2 robot pack. But there are a few things you need to know before you buy, so let’s take a closer look.

MiP Balancing Robot Review Video

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WowWee MiP Robot Features

* MiP personal robot toy
* Responds to hand gestures
* 7 game modes
* Approx 20 cm (8 inches) tall
* Balancing tray included
* Comes in choice of colors: white with black, or black with silver
* App is iOS and Android compatible
* Requires 4 AAA batteries (not included)
* Age range: 8 and over

MiP Robot Review

Owning your own robot is no longer something that only happens in science fiction stories. For quite a few years now we’ve been able to get robot toys in one form or another, although they haven’t yet developed to the point of serving us drinks and granting our every wish, as the SF writers imagined.

However, the WowWee MiP robot comes close, and he’s a lot of fun! Although he’s only 8 inches tall, he can stack things on his tray, he has personality and he can dance or roll along on his wheels.

You can control the MiP robot toy either with hand gestures or through a smart device. There’s no separate remote controller to carry around (or lose). You can download an app from either the Apple store or Google Play to work with either an Android or Apple tablet or smartphone (please see http://www.wowwee.com/mip/compatibility for the list of devices that work with this WowWee robot).

Even without a device, there’s a lot you can do. The GestureSense technology inside the MiP balancing robot means that you can control him with hand motions and gestures. You just need to be within a few feet of him. And as far as personality goes, you can alter how he responds depending on whether you give him positive feedback. If you abuse him, you’re likely to have an angry robot on your hands!

MiP Robots 2He doesn’t exactly talk, but he makes lots of expressive sounds that you can hear in the video. He senses obstacles, and diverts to go around them. Gestures allow you to access 7 modes of play including dancing, roaming, tricks, cage and stack. If you decide to use a smart device with your MiP robot, you can access more modes and games.

In the box you get your WowWee MiP robot, his tray, a stand, sticker sheet and manual. You’ll need 4 AAA batteries – these are not supplied, and reviewers report that they don’t last long if you use the robot on carpeted floors, so you’ll probably want to get rechargeables to save money.

Generally, your MiP personal robot works best on hard, flat surfaces like a wooden floor. A carpet without a thick pile is OK, but as we’ve said, he’ll use more power navigating that. Pet or human hair can get tangled in the wheels and slow him down, so make sure the floor’s clean, or have him move over a table.

In summary, a MiP robot is a cute and fun gift for anyone age 8 to adult, and the price is reasonable for this level of technology. With its own developing personality and its cute gesture-controlled moves, it should bring years of entertainment.

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Our rating: 4.5 stars

Published 17 December 2014

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