Skitterbot Remote Controlled Critter Is Big On Fun


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Once in a while I come across something that is not only worthy of a positive review, but also gentle on your wallet. At about $20 for a cool little electronic toy, this is one of those products.

Desk Pets Skitterbot

What you’re looking at is the Skitterbot by Desk Pets. It’s a little remote controlled critter that is a lot of fun without being too complicated.

Skitterbot Features

The picture above makes Skitterbot look a little more sleek than it does in person. Up close, it just looks like a little plastic toy but what it lacks in style it makes up in fun. When activated, the Skitterbot moves it’s six tiny legs incredibly fast. This moves the little guy around at about a foot a second. The included five button remote gives you the control to move it in any direction. Plug the remote in to charge your Skitterbot for 30 minutes and you get about 15 minutes of play. The ratio of charging time to play time has room for improvement, but 15 minutes is probably fine for a toy of this nature. The four different color choices also have different frequencies so you can make them interact and create Bug Battle 2011.

How Skitterbot Works

Out of the box, the Skitterbot needs to be charged before the fun can begin. Unfortunately, it didn’t charge over a USB cable I had plugged into my computer, but if you plug it in directly it charges quickly. In fact, it seemed to charge much faster than the advertised 30 minutes. The USB connector pops out of the remote when you need to charge it up and retracts when you don’t. The remote also includes a cable to plug into the Skitterbot so it will charge up.

To move the Skitterbot around, you just press any of the five buttons on the remote. Four are for directions and the fifth is to make it stop. The controls have memory, so you can just hit a directional button once instead of holding it to keep it going in that direction. To get a better idea of it, take a look at the video below.

I took my green Skitterbot over to my nephew to play with and he and everyone else loved it.

Win A Skitterbot

If you want a Skitterbot of your own, you’re in luck. I have a red Skitterbot waiting for one lucky winner and it’s easy to enter. Any of the following will earn you an entry:
– Tweet “Retweet to win a @deskpets Skitterbot from @JoeTech : http://lnk.gd/skitterbots” (You must be following @joetech and post a link here to your tweet to win)
– Post “Win a DeskPets Skitterbot from JoeTech.com : http://lnk.gd/skitterbots” on Facebook (You must post a link here to your facebook update to win)
– Comment on this post, telling us what you will do with your Skitterbot if you win.

Entries will be accepted until 02.19.2011. Winner will be chosen at random and announced here. Contest is open to residents of U.S. and Canada only.

Author: Joe Colburn

Joe Colburn is a software engineer specializing in PHP and a technology enthusiast. Always eager to dive into new and exciting things, Joe writes about anything technology related news and products that he thinks you will also be excited about. Find Joe Colburn on Google+ or by any of the links below.

7 thoughts on “Skitterbot Remote Controlled Critter Is Big On Fun”

  1. a skitterbot looks like a fun thing to play with at work! I will let it roam around our table at meetings!

  2. Wow! Skitterbot looking like a funny game.I’m exiting to play with it.Really a very nice game to play.And its main attraction is that it charged with USB connector.remote controlled critter is really very nice….

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