WowWee CHiP Robot Toy Dog - White
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- CHiP is a smart, affectionate, and trainable robot dog
- Train CHiP using voice commands, or through the CHiP
- The SmartBand allows CHiP to recognize and follow you
- Play fetch or soccer with CHiP’s SmartBall and stay active together
- When low on battery, CHiP automatically returns to his SmartBed to recharge himself
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CHiP is an intelligent, friendly robot puppy. Using advanced sensors and smart accessories, CHiP is always alert, and ready to play. How you respond uniquely shapes his behaviour, so your CHiP will have his own personality.
From the Manufacturer
CHiP is your loyal robot companion with all the lovable qualities of a real dog. CHiP shows affection, learns new tricks and loves to play. Roll his ball and he’ll bring it back to you. Pick up his front legs and he’ll dance with you. Rub your nose against his and he’ll nuzzle right back.
CHiP is a technological breakthrough. Equipped with an adaptive personality, CHiP’s character changes and grows over time. His artificial intelligence algorithms are applied to data from a large array of high tech sensors. Real-time processing helps CHiP see, speak, listen, and feel, all while exploring his own world independently.
SmartBand technology allows CHiP to recognize you as his one and only owner. He will greet you, follow you and play with you just like a real puppy. He’ll also let you know when he feels hungry or needs attention.
Simply roll your SmartBall to play fetch together. CHiP’s sensors allow him to locate his BeaconSense equipped ball, while his four mecanum wheels help him to quickly track it down and bring it right back to you.
Keep CHiP active and engaged during the day by making sure he gets a regular rest. Whenever CHiP gets low on power, he automatically makes his way back to his SmartBed for a well-earned recharge.
We’ve been developing robotic toys for over 30 years, and to finally create a lovable robot pup is a dream come true. We were determined to deliver a caring canine that was both smart and emotive. Today, we are excited to announce that, with modern technology, we have finally realized our ambitious vision. We know CHiP will bring love, and warmth into your home… without the mess!
Describe your product in 3 words.
Lovable Robot Dog
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
As both a robotics company and a toy company, one of the holy grails for us from a product development perspective has been a dog. The dream was to have a robotic puppy that would take the most fun features of a real dog: the speed, the frenetic nature, the excitement, the energy, and authentically recreate that experience.
What makes your product special?
CHiP isn't just another cool gadget. As soon as you bring him home, CHiP will become part of the family, learning about you and his new home and providing an authentic emotional bond between pet and owner.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
The moment when our first 3d printed prototype of CHiP zoomed around our office for the first time. It’s mecanum wheels allowed it to move in ways that we had never seen. We knew then, that we were on to something big.
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|Item Dimensions||15 x 8.66 x 11.81 in||5.74 x 4.91 x 6.29 in||6.75 x 5 x 10.25 in||—||4 x 2.7 x 3.4 in||9.75 x 5.5 x 5.5 in|
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o App: Overall Experience: 3
There is an App available from any smartphone or tablet play store. I was able to download to my Android smartphone (I have KitKat software at this time) but you can also use it with iOS. It was easy to download under 5 minutes. Bluetooth must be enabled and your device selected to be found with no time limits in order to work with the robot. We had a couple of issues with the set up process.
The app and dog did not pair right away. I had to reboot both in order for them to find each other.
I was prompted to update the firmware after the dog was found. This took 3 attempts before it completed without failing. I had to reboot the dog and my phone twice before it worked.
Features of the app include a remote control feature, renaming of the dog option, trick guide, and an option to “feed” the dog.
The feed dog option does not really serve a purpose in my opinion as you simply hold down on a “food item” like a milk bone, and flick it up the screen. There are no animations on the screen and the dog does not do anything. You simply get a small box that pops up that says Feeding Complete.
o Smart Band: Overall Experience: 5
The Smart Band is to be worn by the “owner” of Chip or whoever is playing with him at that time. There is a sensor on it that Chip reacts to. He uses it to focus his attention in your direction which is helpful when you play fetch, soccer, or follow me.
You can use the smartband in various modes including, location, play mode, voice recognition, and even as a remote control.
The Smart Band is very responsive and easy to use. It was already paired when we turned on the band, however, according to the instructions all you have to do is hold it near Chip’s back for a couple of seconds.
The band charges via provided USB cable.
o Smart Bed: Overall Experience: 2
The bed is what is used as Chip’s charger. His eyes turn purple when his batteries are running low. This is supposed to be the indicator that he will start looking for his bed to return to so he can start to charge. However, he rarely found his bed and when he finally did, the connectors would not sit properly. He kept getting back up, trying to readjust. My son helped him but he would stand back up before charged so his eyes were still purple. We found it easiest to just simply plug in the provided AC adapter into his belly.
o Smart Ball: Overall Experience: 4
Chip’s favorite thing to do is to play with the Smart Ball. He shows excitement when you turn it on. To pair it, you simply hold it near his back for a few seconds. It does require batteries that are not rechargeable.
It was fun for my son, and for me to watch, him play Soccer with Chip. He rolls the ball towards Chip and Chip charges it in his effort of sending it back to my son. They played like this for a good 30-45 minutes!
Chip sometimes had a hard time finding the ball when we played fetch and the ball went too far out of reach. You need to be within 10 feet or so for it to work best. He would have a hard time picking it up and you have to move the ball so that the sensor is facing him correctly.
o Voice recognition attempts fail on the first command most of the time. To help with this, lower your voice slightly. Once we renamed him via the app, he responded to my son much better.
o Sensors are slightly weak. He ran into the walls quite a few times, and I certainly do not see him navigating an obstacle course. He is very fast so he ramming into the wall could damage the wall or dog, so be careful of where you are playing with him.
o The ball has to be moved sometimes to ensure the sensors are facing Chip so he can retrieve the ball or go towards it.
o You have to keep the ball within 10 feet or so or Chip can’t find it.
o For me as the parent: 3
o For my Child: 4
o My son and my favorite things to play with Chip were soccer, dance command, renaming him via the app so that the voice recognition worked better, following game (where he follows the smartband wearer around the house), and playing soccer. My son really enjoys Chip and played with him non stop for about 2 hours although some of that time was trying to help Chip find the ball and charge properly. As a parent, I did lose interest pretty quickly. However, it was fun to watch my son interact with the robot as if it was a new puppy trying to teach it new tricks.
My daughter has a Zoomer as well as a couple of Zuppies. While she does play with them a bit, the shine has worn off. However, I took a look at the product video and realized that, if this does everything it says it does, this just may be completely awesome.
Now that we own Chip, we can confidently say – completely awesome!
Unlike other Robot Dogs, Chip is more Robot than Toy. He’s smaller than Zoomer, so be prepared for his size. But he packs a lot of skills into that size. So in comparison:
• Chip comes with his own charging bed. Unlike Zoomer, which needs to be charged via USB, or the Zuppies, which take batteries, Chip is more like a Roomba. When he gets tired, he goes straight to his bed to charge. As long as that bed is plugged in, you’ve got no worries. You can also plug the cord directly into Chip for a direct charge.
(Quick Parent’s Note on the bed: If you set this in your child’s room, note that there’s a flashing light on top of the bed. While not very noticeable during the day, it can light a night-dark room up like a disco. It flashes and it’s very, very distracting to a child trying to sleep. If your child insists on keeping this in their room, you might find that you want to plug the charger directly into Chip at night – skip the charging bed during that time.)
• Play Time – we do find that Chip needs to charge himself often. While my daughter doesn’t mind – even the real dog gets tired of playing – I do find that I wish it had a bit more play time. That being said, the amount of time he needs to charge before he can play again is pretty quick. Your child will immediately recognize when Chip needs to sleep by the change in light color.
• Voice Recognition – the Voice Recognition on this has Zoomer beat. My main issue with Zoomer was that he was great with adult voices, but not so great with high pitched little voices. There are still times when my daughter has to repeat herself, but Chip picks up most of her commands.
• Interaction – Chip also interacts with a smart band and even the app on your phone. Each of these have worked perfectly, each time. The Smart Band allows you to praise Chip when he does something you like.
• Tricks – you can teach Chip tricks. He also dances (funny) and can play fetch and soccer.
• Tripping Hazard – According to the video, Chip is supposed to be able to avoid obstacles. In that case, our Chip is nearsighted and needs special robot dog glasses. Chip has run into tables, walls, and legs.
So, compared to the other robot dogs in our lives, Chip is far and away superior. We’re enjoying training him and he’s actually showing some robot doggy personality based on the training we give him. He’s completely adorable and dog like. My only improvement would be more play time between charges and I’d love it if he didn’t run into walls!