November 29, 2007 16:10 ET

WowWee's Robosapien™ V2 Robot Named as Finalist in The BETT Awards 2008

Interactive Robot Recognized for Excellence in Digital Educational Design

HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2007) - WowWee, an Optimal Group company (NASDAQ:OPMR), today announced that its Robosapien™ V2 robot has been named as a finalist in The BETT Awards 2008 (

The Robosapien V2 robot, WowWee's "highly-evolved fusion of technology and personality", features the interactive humanoid personality software required of a robotic, real-life companion. One of only four products selected as a finalist in the "Primary and Secondary Hardware" category, the BETT Awards recognize digital products intended for the education marketplace. The winners will be announced in London on January 9, 2008 at BETT, a major educational information and communications technology event.

The Robosapien V2 robot was recognized by the BETT Awards judges for its ability to introduce primary and secondary grade students to control technology and programming through interactive play.

The BETT Awards entries are judged on design, cost-effectiveness, support of higher order skills and effective learning and teaching styles

The Robosapien V2 robot is capable of autonomous "free roam" behavior and features speech recognition that enables it to respond verbally to environmental stimuli and to controller commands. In addition, a Color Vision System and a Stereo Sound Detection System enable it to recognize colors and skin tones and hear and react to sounds. This second generation of the award-winning Robosapien robot stands at 24-inches and is packed with 100 pre-programmed functions and features humanoid body movements including bending, sitting and standing, lying down and getting up, dancing, waving, and martial arts.

The Robosapien V2 robot has previously been honored as a "Family Fun Toy of the Year" finalist and was selected as "Toy of the Year" by the Duracell Survey (Europe). The Robosapien V2, and complete line of award-winning WowWee Robotics™ products are available at and at Toys "R" Us and other fine retailers.

About WowWee

WowWee, an Optimal Group company, is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of innovative hi-tech consumer robotic and entertainment products. The WowWee group of companies maintains operations in Hong Kong, La Jolla, California and Montreal, Quebec.

For more information and to see the latest WowWee products please visit the Company's web site at

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