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The lovable robot dog
CHiP is an intelligent, affectionate robot pup. With advanced sensors and smart accessories, CHiP is always aware, and ready to play. How you respond uniquely shapes his behaviour, so no two CHiPs are ever alike.
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Artificial intelligence algorithms enable CHiP’s adaptive personality. CHiP follows commands and adapts to your preferences. Your likes uniquely shape his character.
CHiP responds to your hand gestures as well as commands from your smartband and the CHiP app. You'll fall in love with CHiP's adorable woofs, fun poses, and unique personality.
Smartband technology enables CHiP to uniquely recognize you, follow you, greet you at the door, and even pester you when it’s mealtime or playtime!
Roll your Smartball and play fetch together. CHiP’s sensors allow him to locate the ball and his four mecanum wheels help him to quickly chase after it and bring it right back to you!
To keep CHiP active and engaged around your home, he’s got to get his rest. Whenever CHiP gets low on power, he will automatically make his way back to his Smartbed for a charge!
We inject cutting edge technologies into our products that enable them to do some pretty powerful things.
BeaconSense gives WowWee products situational awareness, which means that they can sense their surroundings and know where they are in relation to them.
GestureSense allows your WowWee robot to respond to gesture-based interactions like swipes, claps, touch and more.
BLE allows your WowWee product to seamlessly connect to and interact with your smart devices.
Advanced IR vision processing enables your WowWee robot to “see” and interact with its surroundings.
Free app provides control and/or enhanced gameplay on your smart device.
Special wheel design facilitates speedy, omni-directional movement across different floor surfaces.
Your touch is "felt" using capacitive sensor technology.
Accelerometers & gyroscopes measure g-force and orientation, helping your WowWee robot sense when it is being picked up.
What comes in the box?
- CHiP Robot Dog
- SmartBand: Enables unique user recognition
- SmartBall: Play fetch
- SmartBed: CHiP is rechargeable and autonomously self docks.
What does the Smartband do?
The SmartBand enables unique user recognition. This means CHiP recognizes the wearer as its master. Additionally, you can use the SmartBand to:
Reward good behavior
"Like" certain behavior by hitting the "like" button on the band. CHiP learns what you like and what you don't like, and adjusts accordingly.
Tell CHiP to come
If you want your CHiP at your side, simply hit the location pin on the band.
Little brother being a pest? Sic CHiP on him!
Control CHiP's movements
The SmartBand doubles as a joystick for remote control.
What does the Smartball do?
CHiP can track his special ball in real time, which means that you can play games together. CHiP can play fetch and even soccer!
What does the Smartbed do?
Whenever CHiP gets low on power, and is within range of the SmartBed, CHiP will make its way back to recharge himself. As for the actual battery life, we are currently testing and optimizing the battery life. We expect to the production units to have hours of battery life in continuous mode and even longer in standby modes.
What can I do with the CHiP app?
The CHiP app serves many functions and enables even more layers of gameplay:
1. Notification Center: The CHiP app lets you gauge the status of CHiP's vitals - how happy, hungry, and energetic CHiP is feeling. If one area becomes deficient, the app pushes a notification to the user.
2. Tricks: When CHiP learns a new trick as a result of a new interaction with a user, the App stores it in CHiP's trickbook, and you can reward CHiP with a "Like" or a treat. It also lets CHiP's master access and replay these with a tap of a button.
3. Feed CHiP.
4. Secondary commands for SmartBand: The SmartBand responds to a "tap" and a "hold". Thus, the user can choose and program all kinds of secondary shortcuts on his/her SmartBand through the CHiP app.
5. Turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote control for CHiP to control his movements.
Where can I buy CHiP?
CHiP is not shipping yet. We had a successful Indiegogo pre-order campaign which ended February 19th. Register for our newsletter further up on this page to be among the first to know when and where CHiP is available.
Can CHiP handle carpet? What about other floor surfaces?
CHiP's wheels allow him to roll around on low-pile carpet, hardwood floor, and slippery tile. CHiP an indoor dog!
Is CHiP compatible with my iPad, iPhone, or Android smartdevice?
We don't have the official compatibility listing yet, but popular Android and iOS devices with Bluetooth LE technology will be supported. WowWee has a long history developing SmartPhone controlled robots and devices, we work hard to support as many devices as possible. You can refer to the device compatibility for the MiP robot to get a sense of what our products currently support. This list may change as your device operating system gets updated, as new devices come out, and as we develop the CHiP firmware and electronics.
How rugged is CHiP?
CHiP is pretty tough and goes through extensive abuse testing. We do ask that you take reasonable care and avoid hard drops, staircases, water, and other situations that could damage CHiP.
Can I throw the SmartBall?
Although we have designed the SmartBall to be very resilient to drops and shocks, we don't recommend throwing the SmartBall on to hard surfaces, or subjecting it to severe impacts. Generally speaking, a light toss, or rolling motion is preferred and will result in the best play experience indoors.
Why does CHiP have wheels like that?
CHiP has mecanum wheels which we selected as they allow for some pretty amazing movement. Using these wheels, CHiP can move in any direction and can move quite fast. We think this is cool because it means that CHiP can chase a ball, slide sideways to block a ball, follow you very quickly, and generally be very responsive and agile.
Can CHiP's wheels be replaced?
Yes. CHiP's wheels are designed to they are easy to replace. Right now the wheels that CHiP ships with are the only ones available, but we decided to future proof CHiPs that if we come up with variations on size, performance, etc, it will be really easy to replace the wheels.
How fast will CHiP move?
It is still a bit early to clock in CHiP's top speed as we are tuning the gearboxes, motors, and electronics. CHiP will move very quickly and the video shows the current motion and speed of our existing prototypes.
What is CHiP's range for his ball, his owner's Smartband, and his charging station?
The BeaconSense™ system allows CHiP to track its accessories (the Smartball, Smartbatch, and Smartbed). The range is several meters and this covers most room sizes.
Its possible that CHiP may be blocked from seeing its accessories if there are walls or obstacles in the way. However, the system is very robust and we have launched many products using this type of technology.
If CHiP needs to recharge but is really far from the SmartBed, or in a different room, it will alert you via the Bluetooth link and the app and ask for a hand getting back to the SmartBed.
Will the BeaconSense™ system work between rooms?
We are actively improving the BeaconSense™ system and we hope to develop the technology so that we can provide multiple beacons in a pack that can be placed around a home to build a mesh of navigational beacons. That would enable CHiP to truly navigate your home. We are also refining the obstacle avoidance algorithms and any/all improvements will be made available through firmware updates.
What does the Smartband do?
The Smartband is an adjustable, rechargeable wristband. It is packed with technology (BeaconSense™ and Bluetooth) that lets CHiP know where you are and what you want. When you walk into a room, CHiP will react and come towards you. It also has buttons on it so you can activate CHiPs capabilities or movements with great convenience. For example you can use the Smartband to have CHiP come, heel, or stay. You can even tell CHiP when you like certain behaviour by tapping the Like button on the remote, and CHiP will learn your preferences.
What does the Smartball do?
The Smartball is CHiP's favorite toy. Like the Smartband, CHiP's ball is packed with sensors and wireless abilities. This allows CHiP to locate the Smartball and engage in soccer-type play... or even fetch it and bring it back to you if you are wearing the Smartband. CHiP can play with his Smartball any time it is turned on and in range.
Can CHiP climb stairs?
Unfortunately no, CHiP is a one floor pup.
He cannot climb steps and we also recommend that you keep him safe from falls down staircases.
Can CHiP be used outside?
CHiP is pretty good on most floor surfaces, and might work well on a smoothly paved road, but the rollers on his mecanum wheels would not do well on rough pavement or gravel. We did design CHiPs wheels to be removable/swappable, and it's possible that given demand, we will be releasing outdoor wheels.
However, while CHiP can probably handle the smooth pavement, his BeaconSense system uses infrared light, which operates in the 940nm frequency, and while it can function outdoors (which is why that frequency is used) its range is very limited, no more than a couple feet, and can have interference in strong sunlight. He can be driven using the CHiP App out doors, but his tracking skills would be very limited.
Also note that CHiP is not waterproof, and should not get wet.
Is CHiP rechargeable?
Yes - CHiP is rechargeable. And if his Smartbed is in range, he can find it and recharge himself.
The Smartband is also rechargeable, but the Smartball requires batteries.
How long does CHiP's battery last between recharges?
We are shooting for CHiP to easily get through an active day. But like any Dog CHiP will need a recharge periodically or after significant use. One of our main goals with CHiP was to eliminate the worry and inconvenience of having to charge or change batteries.
What is CHiP's warranty?
WowWee offers 90 day warranties on all of its robot products.
Is CHiP waterproof?
No - CHiP is not waterproof. Please keep CHiP away from moisture, rain, puddles, spills, dirt.