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TankBot – the iPhone-controlled robotic toy


Desk Pets have made its TankBot available, a micro robotic toy that costs you only sub $20 and its controllable by the use of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. TankBot works in three modes, which can controlled from the iDevice allowing it to navigate mazes and roam etc.

The TankBot is also rechargeable via its built-in USB connection so you do not have to spend extra for batteries. Each TankBot comes with a dongle that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone, iPad or iPod, then allowing any of the iDevices to control the TankBot.

It also makes use of the accelerometer of your iDevice, allowng just tilting actions for controlling the TankBot to move forward or backward or make turns. Thanks to the integrated IR sensors and also the autonomous mode, which allow the TankBot navigate mazes, avoid obstacles and interact with your hand motions. Features at a glance are as follows:

• Incorporates Apple’s accelerometer technology to be fully controllable by tilt of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
• Autonomous mode uses IR sensors to navigate mazes, avoid obstacles, and react with military precision
• Free roaming mode with tank sounds
• Retractable USB charger built into body of the product, 30 minutes of charge = 15 minutes of play
• Flashing heartbeat eyes pulse when robot is at idle
• Each color (orange, blue, black, and green) operates on own frequency, allowing for multi-player racing and battling

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