Say hello to the little fella! TankBot is a cute iOS and Android controlled Desk Pet comes in blue, green, orange and gray, four different colors and operate using its own frequency. You will need to recharge the TankBot for 40 minutes prior a 15 minutes of play, what a battery?

Showcased during the Toy Fair 2011 in New York, TankBot is categorized as smartphone-controlled wireless toy, even though we guess any iOS or Android powered tablets with built-in WiFi will likely able to play the TankBot as well. Recharging could be done through your PC or laptop’s USB port using the integrated USB flip out connector.

There are three modes for operating the TankBot, the first one is the touchless navigation, the second mode is autonomous personality mode while the last mode is smartphone control, navigating the TankBot using your iOS or Android smartphone.

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When being set in autonomous personality mode, the cute TankBot will move automatically while making sounds according to the situation. Meanwhile, operating in the touchless/maze navigation mode, the built-in IR sensors inside the TankBot will identify the path and automatically avoid obstacles.

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Controlling the TankBot using your iOS or Android smartphone is possible by downloading and installing the free compatible application online into your smartphone/tablet and insert the included iDeskPet Universal Remote into smartphone headphone jack for the remote control. The operational range of TankBot is quite limited, offering up to 3 meters (about 9.8 feet) of distance.

More info on pricing and retail point, after the jump…

Price: USD25.- [ You could visit the website or MyDeskPets’ Facebook Fan Page to inquire the TankBot ]

[ Source: My Desk Pets ]