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Meccano Spykee: The WiFi Robot

Released on 05 October 2010

4.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Spyke is the first robot to be built that you can transform and control from a computer through a WiFi connection Moreover, you can control him from anywhere in the world via the Internet! Spyke comes with a video camera, a microphone, a loudspeaker and two motors.

Spyke is a Spy Robot!

He can move, watch, hear, take pictures, record video and sound. He is equipped with light and sound effects, video and voice filters...

Spyke is a telephone!

He can be used as a VOIP phone & webcam and is compatible with Skypeâ 3.0 (PC) technology...

Spyke is a Digital Music Player!

Listen to your own music...

Spyke is a video surveillance device!

When a movement is detected, Spyke activates an alarm or sends you a picture by e-mail...

When the battery charge gets low, Spyke returns back to his recharging station automatically!

  • As featured on the Channel 5 Gadget Show - Top 5 toys

  • Spyke is a motorised robot equipped with:
  • WiFi card
  • Microphone
  • Video Camera
  • Loudspeaker
  • IR auto-parking / recharging system
  • Light and optical fibres
  • Spyke is controlled from your computer through WiFi connection
  • Spyke is controlled by the MMI (Machine Man Interface) (See below image)

Two ways to play with Spyke with MMI:

  • Locally: your computer and Spyke catch the local WiFi connection
  • Remotely: control your Spyke from anywhere in the world via the internet! (Protected secure web login)
  • Easy and fast system to build three different models: Robot, Scorpion, Space Vehicle
  • 210 parts
  • Compatible with all Meccano parts
  • Instructions, tools, battery 9,6V - 1500 mAh / recharging station included

Technical Specifications:

  • PC & MAC compliant
  • WiFi / 802.11 b/g
  • Joystick compliant
  • PC requirement / software: Windows 2000 / XP with .NET framework 2.0
  • MAC requirement / software: Mac OS X
  • Open source software
  • MMI software details: 1.1 Mb / user interface in Microsoft.net
  • Compatible with Skype 3.0 (PC) technology
  • Camera: 320x240 - local mode:15 fps / distant mode: depending on the Internet connection
  • Speaker: 2W (tbc) / no driver required

customer Reviews

 Average rating (4 reviews)

 cheesyboofs - 50/50

| | See all cheesyboofs's reviews (2)

I had a nightmare getting this to connect to my wireless access point using either WPA or WEP. In fact I had to disable security all together and now have to rely on mac filtering alone. I would think that new firmware may resolve some of these issues.

Also the novelty factor soon wares off and the lack of tilt on the camera is limiting. On the plus side the build quality is very good and for £200 there isn't much else on the market that offers as much and the auto parking is very clever.

 missing part

| | See all airwolfdog's reviews (1)

Works fine but beware if you find any missing parts the supplier and manufacturers play cat and mouse games and then you get the "send it back with the original wrapping and contents" and send it back to france at your own cost. I ended up making my own replacement part.

 Hours of fun!

| | See all theone's reviews (4)

Great little robot, took about 2 hours to put together, although I did take my time. Robot is sturdy once put together although I found a lot of the bolts, even when fully tightened easily pulled out when putting the individual parts together which was frustrating.
Setting up with my pc was straight forward (using Vista), haven't tried controlling it via the internet yet.
The speaker is excellent and when music is played through sounds great although does distort at higher volumes which has to be expected.
My only concern is battery life due to the fact even after a full charge dropped to half way in about 5 mins, but I guess it's a little too early to tell yet as may take a few charge cycles to reach optimum capacity.
Overall a great little gadget more for over 18's than under, unless an adult is going to put it together and set it up.

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