Sep 21 AT 1:40 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

TankBot: sub-$25 toy navigates mazes, fully controllable by your Android device


In need of a stocking stuffer for a fellow nerd? Desk Pets just announced the retail availability of their TankBot toy, which is sub-$25 micro-robotic tank that you can control with your Android phone. The device charges via a retractable USB port and connects wirelessly to your phone using the headset jack.

A full charge only nets you 15 minutes of fun, but it’s still quite a deal for only $24.99. TankBot features three interactive modes including maze navigation, free-roam and remote control. The toy is also equipped with infrared sensors that allow it to navigate “twist, turns and around obstacles with military precision.”

The device is supposed to be available online, but I haven’t found any sites with it in stock. If you want to try and pick one up today, retail stores Radio Shack and Toys “R” Us are carrying it starting this week.

For the developers out there, Desk Pets has also open-sourced their Android software if you want to take a stab at creating your own unique app.

It’s been way too long since I’ve visited Toys “R” Us, so I think a trip is in order. If we can score some devices, a giveaway might be in the works.

Highlights of the TankBot include:

  • Infrared sensors to navigate mazes and avoid obstacles
  • Free app allows for smartphone control
  • Free-roaming mode with interactive tank sounds
  • Multi-player race and battle
  • Retractable USB charger

Via: Engadget

Source: Desk Pets

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  • Anthony Domanico

    I vote staff christmas presents. Make it be, Wimberly.

  • irishrally

    I’m getting one. I’ll probably use it 8-10 times and then almost never again, but I’m still getting it.

    • HackNet

      Haha i’m like that too


    whoever gets this.. Taylor you especially. I want a real world TEST video… do it :)

  • kazahani

    I feel like it needs a cannon if they’re going to call it TankBot.

  • vueaskew


    But what exactly does “connects wirelessly to your phone using the headset jack” mean in English?

    • Carlos

      Yeahh I’m slightly confused on this too. ?

    • Anthony

      it means that the entenna to control it connects to your head phone jack lol

  • Carlos Estremera
  • Dragonithe

    Now just add a camera on it and it will be awesome :)

  • BigC_13

    We just got one of these in at work the other day. I tested it out and it is kind of fun, but the range is absolutely terrible. You have to be within 2 feet of it for the remote to be picked up.

  • Andy in Indy

    It would have been cooler if they had made it look like the HISS tank from Hasbro’s GI Joe:RAH line. Still, I’m looking to score a few! :-)

  • ben dover

    I want one of these so bad but I just started my new spending budget this week… :-/ “patience Danielson!”

  • AceoStar

    Yeah I would love to have these at the office. Cheap and easy perk!

  • SliestDragon

    Ha! That’s awesome. May just have to get one of these… or 40…. O.o

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Hahaha those look cute and fun! would love to have one in Android Green.