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Dinosaurs May Be Extinct, But WowWee's New Roboraptor Brings Them Into The Age Of Technology

HONG KONG – Holiday 2005 – Dinosaur lovers will have a roaring good time this fall when WowWee Robotics™, the #1 consumer entertainment robotics company, unleashes Roboraptor™ - the ultimate robotic companion built with technology that is far from prehistoric.

At 32 inches long, with his massive head and swishing tail, this interactive dinosaur is a futuristic version of a prehistoric beast. Combining dynamic realistic motion with lifelike behavior, Roboraptor comes alive with advanced artificial intelligence, extraordinary features and complex functions sure to engage minds everywhere.

All the ferocious power of the world's most dangerous dino is in your control! The extremely realistic Roboraptor interacts and reacts to his owner and surrounding environment based on his mode and mood. He has three distinct modes: Roboraptor is fully controllable in remote control mode, autonomous in his free-roam mode and can be switched into guard mode.

Roboraptor's behavior and responses change according to his moods. With three distinct moods - hunter, cautious and playful – Roboraptor will keep you on your toes. Go near Roboraptor's face when he's hunting and he'll behave aggressively; approach him when he's playful and he'll nuzzle your hand. Whether he is letting out a big roar or "purring" when he is playful, Roboraptor responds with prehistoric sounds.

Multi-sensory environmental awareness allows Roboraptor to hear, see and feel people and the environment around him – he has multiple touch sensors in the head, mouth and tail, and sonic sensors to detect sound and direction. Infra-red (IR) vision sensors help him detect and avoid obstacles. How does he move? Advanced technology allows Roboraptor to simulate a real raptor's body movement in a convincing manner. Fully articulated, Roboraptor is able to accurately mimic the reptilian moves of the raptor. Roboraptor's fluid biomechanical action allows for three bipedal movement gaits: predatory, walking and running. Roboraptor can be commanded to walk to a certain target with the use of "laser" tracking technology. Point the laser on the end of the remote to a desired location and Roboraptor will find his way to the spot.

Roboraptor has more than 40 preprogrammed functions and through direct commands from the remote he can perform multiple realistic actions such as biting, walking, turning his head and whipping his tail.

In his autonomous mode Roboraptor will react to his environment and move around on his own accord. He will rely on his instinct and sharp senses to keep him out of trouble. Put Roboraptor into guard mode and he will keep watch over your room. IR Vision Sensors and Sonic Sensors warn against intruders!

Highly intelligent, Roboraptor is able to react to commands given to him by Robosapien V2, the successor of the 2004 mega hit Robosapien.

Roboraptor comes fully equipped with a demo mode to showcase some of its impressive pre-programmed functions. Easy to use, Roboraptor is fully functional right out of the box, requiring no complex set up. No computer is required; all functions are handled by the video-game style remote control. With six AA batteries (not included) for the Roboraptor and three AAA batteries (not included) for the remote you can enjoy more than two hours of continuous entertainment. Roboraptor automatically shuts down after he's been idle for more than 10 minutes.

Roboraptor has already garnered awards for excellence – a good predictor that he will follow the incredible path to success that Robosapien took in 2004. Roboraptor received "Toy of the Year" and "Boys Toy of the Year" awards at the Australian Toy, Hobby and Nursery Fair's 2005 Product of the Year Awards.

The WowWee Roboraptor (ages 8 years and up) is available, for an approximate retail price of $119.

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WowWee Ltd. is a privately-owned, Hong Kong based company, with offices in North America and a worldwide sales and distribution network. The Company is a recognized leader in the manufacturing of innovative hi-tech consumer robotic electronic and leisure products. Company divisions include WowWee Robotics, WowWee Tech, WowWee RC and WowWee Alive. For more information and to see the latest WowWee products please go to or