Macworld Australia Staff
26 January, 2011
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Gadget Guide

Desk Pets International has rolled out TankBot, a micro-robotic toy that uses your Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch as a remote and serves as a clear indication that the Day of the Machines is now at hand. Each TankBot has a dongle that plugs into the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch’s headphone jack, using Apple’s accelerometer technology to control the mechanoid by simply tilting the mobile device. TankBot even has a mind of its own: switch to autonomous mode and, using built-in IR sensors, TankBot can navigate a maze, avoid obstacles and interact with the users’ hand motions. TankBot will be available in the States starting June 2011 – local pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed, but be sure to keep your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle to yourself from this moment forward…

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