A company called Desk Pets is releasing TankBot, a toy that can be controlled by your iPhone’s accelerometer.
The Desk Pets TankBot comes with a dongle that is plugged into your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Then you will be able to control the little robots movement via the touchscreen.
“Utilizing Apple’s accelerometer technology, Desk Pets developed a program that enables TankBot to be controlled by simply tilting your mobile device. Tilt the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch forward and TankBot rolls forward, angle the phone right and TankBot instantly makes a right turn. 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, all on its own.”
The TankBot will be available in a range of colors and it will retail for $20.