DeskPets just released a new member of their line of AppBots. AppBots are micro robotic toys that can be controlled with an iPhone, iPads and iPod touches or Android device. The latest release, the CarBot, is the world’s 1st micro-robotic toy. Even though it might be small, it packs some serious technology into its tiny, translucent body. (Read more after the jump).
First download the free app in the App Store or Android app in Google Play. The DeskPet App acts as the remote to control the CarBot. The CarBot is fully controllable by an iDevice or Android and is compatible with all iOS and Android devices. The package includes an adapter which plugs into your device. Once you plug it in, and switch the small power button on make sure the car and the adapter are on the same frequency by following the onscreen instructions. Each CarBot color has a different frequency which allows friends to race and battle at the same time. The car recharges by plugging into a USB port via a laptop, PC or USB plug. The package even comes with 4 extra lithium cell batteries for the adapter.
With four play modes, including multi-player mode, everyone’s going to have fun with this! The drift and race mode allows full speed racing and includes a car horn sound. The battle mode has a fire and boost button and lets players disable opponents cars with infared. The maze mode allows the user to create a maze, which the car will detect and navigate around. In personality mode the car just goes crazy, spinning and speeding with lights and sounds. The setting for all these modes are accessible by pushing the button on top of the car and you know you switch modes by seeing 2 blinking blue lights on the roof of the car blink. After about 20 minutes of play time you will need to recharge the CarBot by simply plugging it into a USB port for about 40 minutes for a full charge.
Check out the video demo: 104 DeskPet CarBot Demo
This is a great little gadget if you like robotic toys. For one thing, it’s an inexpensive way to acquire robotic toys. It will be more fun if you have at least two so you can play with your friends or your kids. Not suitable for kids under age three. Comes in 4 Colors. Ages 8+. The CarBot retails for $29.99. We will announce when it will be available nationwide.