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WowWee's CHiP named a Top Tech Toy of the Year
New Features and Customization make this Engaging A.I. Robotic Dog a Winner this Holiday Season

MONTREAL — November 15, 2016 — WowWee®, a leading robotics and tech toy company, today announced enhanced functionality and fun new features available on the CHiP™ robot dog. CHiP owners can easily access these updates by downloading the new CHiP app, available now for both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices with Bluetooth LE connectivity. CHiP’s new Guard Mode puts CHiP’s motion sensors on high alert, and walking past CHiP will trigger a reaction that will make family and friends jump back and giggle in surprise! Fresh animated movements and a new song have been added to CHiP’s repertoire, and voice recognition has expanded to 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Also, CHiP’s firmware has been updated to enable smarter accessory tracking, leg calibration for better balance, and speed customization for owners who prefer a slower or faster CHiP experience. 

“CHiP has captured the imagination of kids, adults and the press worldwide, and we expect these new features and enhancements will add to the fun!” said Davin Sufer, WowWee Chief Technical Officer. “CHiP owners are encouraged to download the latest app and stay tuned for additional updates from WowWee as CHiP continues to grow.”

CHiP in the News
Earlier this year, Forbes contributor Jenn Choi had already qualified WowWee as “The Toy Company to Watch this holiday season,” in her article “The Toys To Watch In 2016”.  Since then, WowWee CHiP has received praise, awards and accolades from media and toy news around the world.

“This little robot dog stole the show for me at CES 2016 and it’s stealing the spotlight again as a top trending toy for the holidays."  - Jennifer Jolly, Tech’s Appeal host and Tech Now contributor for USA Today.

Additional highlights include The Washington Post’s annual holiday toy list where CHiP is named as one of the “Best toys of 2016”, and The Toy Insider’s coveted “Holiday Guide: Top Tech 12” list, where CHiP is featured amongst the most forward-thinking and impressive tech-based toys on the market.

About WowWee CHiP

CHiP (Canine Home Intelligent Pet) is the ultimate AI Robotic Dog. Based on new Mechatronics, the latest in a combination of wireless technology, telecommunications engineering, and a suite of advanced sensors, CHiP is truly the latest and greatest in robotic pets. CHiP recognizes its master and responds to commands using the included SmartBand, a wearable, rechargeable controller. CHiP plays fetch and fun games with his SmartBall, interacting in the ways a real dog would. Roll CHiP’s ball and CHiP will bring it back to you, or play soccer with CHiP!  Pick up CHiP’s front legs and CHiP will dance with you. Touch noses and CHiP will nuzzle right back. CHiP can also perform tricks such as downward dog and a headstand in response to the “Yoga” voice command. After a day of endless fun, CHiP knows it’s time to head to its special SmartBed and recharge. With a 360-degree system of play that’s physical, digital and tactile, plus an intuitive, evolving app, CHiP is a welcome addition to today’s connected home and fun for all! MSRP $199.99  8+  For more information please visit http://wowwee.com/chip

About WowWee

Founded in 1988, WowWee is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of innovative high-tech consumer robotic and consumer entertainment products. The introduction of WowWee’s Robosapien™ robot in 2004 revolutionized the way people interact with robotic companions. One of the most popular entertainment robots in the world with global sales of more than 6 million units, the Robosapien robot was the first commercially available biomorphic robot – a fusion of technology and personality. MiP™, released in 2014, continues to be one of the world’s most popular consumer robots and the winner of more than 10 major Tech and Toy awards, including the Toy Industry Association’s TOTY award for Innovative Toy of the Year in 2015. With offices in Montreal, San Diego and Hong Kong, WowWee’s focus on the development of breakthrough consumer technologies continues to forge new categories in personal robotics and entertainment with its imaginative, innovative, award-winning gadgets and toys. For more information, please visit http://wowwee.com.

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For further information: Dave Malacrida, Press@WowWee.com, 310-770-3146 (m)