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According to appadvice iHelicopters.net released iPhone-controlled insects, which is one of their more unique offerings, such as the iW500 wall climbing car. and here is the hands-on experience with one of the simulated creepy crawlies.

Starting off with appearance, the physical design of the bug is actually quite convincing in normal use. Up close or from the bottom, it is fairly easy to recognize this insect is a mechanical being. Another giveaway may be its size. While not huge, a bug the size of your hand isn’t a regular occurrence.

Overall, the iPhone Controlled Bug did meet most of my expectations. However, the somewhat clumsy controls, debatable price tag, and a higher likelihood to be damaged, i.e smashed by feared viewers, result in a product I can’t recommend for all app-controlled toy fans. I feel this lineup is best suited for people who really enjoy a novelty toy.

With a palm-sized body, the entire bug measures nearly three inches, about three inches wide, and a little more than one inch tall. Both the insect and transmitter feature charge via USB. Operating times are estimated at 20 minutes for the insect and 40 minutes for the transmitter with the expected operating time being 20 minutes each.

The package contains one of the robotic insects, transmitter, USB charging cable, instruction manual. In addition to the boxed items, you’ll need to install the free i-Robot app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later. While functional on iPad, iPhone 5, and fifth generation iPod touch, i-Robot’s user interface is not optimized for the increased resolution of these iDevices.

The iPhone-Controlled Beetle and iPhone-Controlled Bug are $39.95 each, and available in the Insects section of iHelicopters.net.

via appadvice.

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