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Brookstone Tankbots arrive!

And their secret is deciphered- heh heh! So it turns out, in the Tankbot software on iPhone (and presumably on Android), you are prompted to enter the product code from the package. Our Toys R Us non-battling tankbots had codes 1044 for Blue and 1043 for Green. Interestingly, the Brookstone codes are 1880 for Blue and 1870 for Red. Try putting those in the software- voila - a Fire button appears! Another difference of unknown significance, the ToysRUs Tankbots are both stamped 12AB11 on the bottom, whereas both Brookstones are 11AB11. Probably a date of manufacture code, it is also stamped into the respective packages.

Even more interesting- we can drive both Blues simultaneously- there appears to be no difference in the control codes- but the Fire button command is only noticed by the Brookstone Blue. It makes shooting noises and swings side to side for a couple of seconds. Most interestingly, the ToysRUs Blue also reacts to being shot! It moves forward/backward several times and is disabled from commands for several seconds.This was also true for the Green ToysRUs Tankbot (even in its semi-destructed state).

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Deskpets Tankbot on Facebook

Deskpets has posted a few photos of Tankbots being manufactured on their Facebook gallery. Interestingly, there appear to be two PCB versions- one like the one i have with multiple contacts in the IC side, the other cleaner looking. I've ordered a couple of the Brookstone versions (only red and blue available there) to see their Battle-supporting innards. Article in progress!


Inside Tankbot

The Deskpets Tankbots are now available at ToysRUs, so we went ahead and bought a couple. I resisted the urge to open mine up for a couple of days, but today the screwdriver got the better of me! You'll need the triangular screwdriver to open these guys up, I got mine from Amazon for fixing our Wii, but they come in handy for this too. Pix already shot, I have to upload them then will link here. Stay tuned!


Inside Tankbot

The Deskpets Tankbots are now available at ToysRUs, so we went ahead and bought a couple. I resisted the urge to open mine up for a couple of days, but today the screwdriver got the better of me! You'll need the triangular screwdriver to open these guys up, I got mine from Amazon for fixing our Wii, but they come in handy for this too. Pix already shot, I have to upload them then will link here. Stay tuned!

Tankbot sideview


Don't Want To Get Up? Toshiba's Wheelie Robot Will Get You Another Drink

Or, of course, whatever you want.  We've always dreamed of a "practical" solution to getting a refill of your favorite tasty cold beverage without having to shlep your way to the fridge, and maybe the Wheelie robot is it.  We do see a problem, though.  He can't actually pick up the beverage.  So it looks like you'll have to build a "fridge-bot" to assist him!  It's a cool prototype, nonetheless.

[Via Engadget]


There's No Escaping The Paparazzi Bot

Just when you famous people thought it was safe to go outside, the Paparazzi Bot has to poke its head around the corner and get a snapshot.  Just make sure to stay out of uncompromising situations when it's around!

[Via Engadget]


HexaKopter: Finally, A Six Rotor R/C Aircraft

Whoa. We'll let the video speak for itself.

MikroKopter - HexaKopter from Holger Buss on Vimeo.

[Via Hack a Day]


NASA and General Motors Create Robonaut2 (Not a Space Car)

Truth be told, NASA and GM have had a history since the 60's, and Robonaut2 is the latest to come from that synergistic relationship.  Conjuring up visions of Bishop from Aliens, Robonaut2 is designed to work alongside humans, using the same tools and machines.  This dextrous humanoid promises to revolutionize space travel as well as use planetside (for example, in automobile manufacturing plants.)

[Head over to Science Daily to get the full scoop on Robonaut2.]


PALRO by Fujisoft: An Ubuntu Linux Laptop that Walks and Talks?

Well, PALRO is definitely a humanoid bipedal robot, not a laptop of course - it's just built using similar technology, such as an Intel Atom processor and 4GB SSD.  This, of course, is what makes PALRO quite special - it makes the robot infinitely customizable with custom apps and is programmable in C++.  PALRO even has a wireless connection so it can connect to your network and download information automatically.

PALRO isn't a cheap one, though.  It cashes in at over $3,000 USD, so you probably won't be seeing it at your local Toys'R'Us anytime soon.  It's only available in Japan for now, anyway!

[Head on over to the Examiner for the full story.]


Funky MANOI Robot Dancing Goodness

Not too long ago, we posted about the fantastic Robo-ONE dance competition held in Japan. But wait, there's more! This tiny powerhouse brings the juice with some funky breakdancing style. It's yet another example of what the MANOI platform is really capable of. Hit up the link below for even more video.

[Via Engadget]


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