The folks at iLounge have stumbled upon an intriguing bit of news. It seems that the company Desk Pets, who create tiny robotic toys that are designed to distract you from getting actual work done at the office, are coming out with a new toy called Tankbot that will be controlled using your iOS device of choice. Besides controlling it directly from your device, Tankbot is also equipped with IR sensors that will let it be controlled using hand gestures, or navigate around on its own.

There isn't currently any video of the device in action, but this render of an early prototype gives you an idea of what Tankbot will be like.

This is along the lines of other iOS controlled toys like the remote control robotic balls GearBox prototyped last summer, or the Parrot AR Drone which we reviewed extensively when it was released. Unlike the $300 AR Drone though, Tankbot should be available for under $20, which is right in my spending sweet spot for cool things that I don't actually need. The Desk Pets Tankbot will be available in 4 different colors and is expected to launch this June.

[Via iLounge and Engadget]

  • PeterB

    This rendering seems to be a hoax, unless you can actually link to a source that has reliable information on it.

    Engadget links to ilounge as its source and ilounge links to, which doesn’t even have a single mention of a Tankbot on its page. Where do people get all the facts about it from, I wonder?

    I suspect some random tech blog invented this story and now all other blogs copy it without checking their facts.

  • Rick

    There isn't even a movie on youtube about this... Hoax if you ask me..

  • Jared Nelson

    Guys, it's 6 months away from market. I'm not surprised there's no video. But CNET wrote about it too They cite a press release for their info, which is probably where most other sites got the info too. They also mention it will debut at a toy fair next month, so I'm sure we'll eventually see it in action.

    Oh yeah, I'll change the wording from "photo" to "render" since it's not actually a photo of the toy, it seems. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Adams Immersive

    I will find something to do with a GearBox ball, an AR.Drone, and a few of these cheap robots. Some fiendish plan will result!

  • andrzej raczynski

    underskirt robocam, yes, there's an app for that (probably soon).

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    Hey that's great robotic toy controlled by iOs!

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