TankBot, Robotic Toy Uses Your iPhone or iPad as a Remote

Desk Pets International has just unveiled TankBot, a micro-robotic toy that can be controlled by your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.  Each TankBot features a dongle that easily plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. 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’s three modes allow it to navigate mazes, roam, and be fully controllable by your Apple device. It has a built-in USB charger giving TankBot hours of  playtime. TankBot will be available starting June 2011 for under $20.