The Appbot Riley is a home security robot that allows you to monitor your house from anywhere in the world. Whether you leave the device in a single area or drive the robot (via smartphone or tablet) to multiple locations throughout your home, this robot has you covered.
We were recently lucky enough to test and review the Appbot Riley. We reviewed everything from initial setup, mobile app, remote operability, night vision, and more.
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Below is a complete overview and review of Varram System’s smart robot known as the Appbot Riley.
Appbot Riley: Features & Specifications
Riley is an Internet of Things (IoT) robot that connects to your WiFi and allows you to navigate the device around your house. Riley can be controlled from your smartphone through the Appbot mobile app.
Think of the Riley as your eyes and ears when you are not around. For example, say you get to work and can’t remember if you locked your front door. Simply open up the app, navigate Riley to the front door, and see whether or not you will be making the trip back home to lock the door.
The Appbot Riley ships in a box about half the size of a shoe box, and come with a charging cable, charging dock, and user manual. The Appbot Riley is much smaller (6.5 x 6.5 x 4.5 Inches) and lighter (1.5 Pounds) than expected, you’ll probably be very surprised.
Riley has a lot of really great features such as WiFi connectivity, 2-way audio, 5 megapixel camera, motion detection, automatic charging dock, night vision camera, and 2-way audio.
Riley Flipping Upright
Appbot Riley: Mobile App
Once the app has been installed, there is an array of functionality and settings. All of which are very easy to figure out and use. You can also learn of the different functionalities from the Appbot Riley manual which is included with the device.
Appbot Riley Mobile App Features
- Video Stream Quality Settings
- Software & Hardware Information
- Face Tracking
- Password Settings
- Motion Detection
- List of Recorded Videos
- Night Vision
- Joystick On/Off
- Flip Riley Upright
- 2 Way Audio
- Auto Dock and Charge
- Screen Capture
- Video Recording
- Camera Angel Joystick
- Direction Joystick
Appbot Riley: Pros & Cons
Upon initial review, the Appbot Riley is a very fun and practical home security robot. The setup is simple, the robot is durable, and it is an all-around fun connected gadget.
One of the defining features is Riley’s ability to be controlled from anywhere in the world, this is a major plus. All you need to do is leave the device on the charging dock and then open the app when you need to check in on your home.
Some connected devices require you to be on the same WiFi network in order for them to function. The Appbot Riley will work whenever you open up the app, which is very nice.
Below are the Appbot Riley’s pros and cons following our initial review.
Appbot Riley: Review & Final Thoughts
After our first few weeks with the Appbot Riley, we had little issues, and have determined that this IoT robot is a great connected device.
The hardware and software have been designed extremely well. While we did find a few flaws with the device, the Appbot Riley’s pros definitely outweigh the cons.
Riley is easy to setup, operate, and is a device that has the potential to provide real value. The self-docking feature is very convenient and works without issue. To activate you simply press the command within the app (#11 in graphic above) and Riley takes care of the rest.
In addition, Riley is a lot of fun to control and can be the life of the party for your family and guests. We found Riley to be an extremely helpful photographer when we needed it to take a group photo. We just navigated the robot into position and took the photo from the a press of a button within the app.
All in all, the Appbot Riley is a great smart home security robot for someone looking for peace of mind. Riley is not likely to stop or intimidate an intruder, but the device can be helpful to check on things while you are away.
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