Momma Told Me: Desk Pets: Skitterbots Review and Giveaway!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Desk Pets: Skitterbots Review and Giveaway!




Momma Told Me: When I was a kid all the teacher had to worry about was a stray piece of paper hitting her temple.

What an exciting and mind-bending time we live in where K-12 students carry computers the width of a notebook and communicate with their parents via palm sized phones. At 25, I was born on the cusp of all these millennial innovations. I remember the first cell phones, home computers, and AOL (when it was simple America Online). And, while I was fortunate enough to buy my first laptop with college savings, I never enjoyed the indulgent liberties most students do today. Let's face it, nearly all tech tools that can be considered educational or a necessity are also as powerful at entertaining. With the emergence of 'APPS', sometimes even amateur submitted, functions and games, the modern tech consumer can easily get distracted. And, while many companies attempt to work with, and focus on, the 'i' Generation and their tools, some remain committed to harnessing the wonders of the classic USB output.


Not only does your computer, gaming system, or electronic device's USB output offer the opportunity to instantly meld devices, but often serves as an equally powerful charging outlet. That's right, companies have created USB tech gadgets to do everything from practically log product weights (scales) to chill a 12oz can of soda (mini fridge locker). One company has even brought the futuristic wonder of robotics into the mix. Harnessing the curiosity and fun loving nature in all of us, 9-99, Desk Pets has revolutionized USB gadgetry with their collection of remote controlled miniature robot pets. Okay, I think 'pet' might be a but misleading. You won't have to feed this one megabytes, or WD-40, but it's certainly intrusive enough to sufficiently spook a sibling, teacher, or co-worker. With 3 collections, Tankbot, Trekbot, and the NEW Skitterbots, Desk Pets offers an affordable and fun way to expand your electronic's list of achievements, adding 'Robotic Homefront' to the list.


The new Skitterbots are commercially available in 4 color varieties; Clear, Blue, Emerald, and Ruby (the Ruby Red being my favorite). Their hexagonal shell-like bodies resemble gemstones and are made of durable plastic, though extremely lightweight. Not quite a spider, these 6 legged robotic bug/pets are still sufficiently creepy in movement, and with their lively glowing eyes (which mimic the pattern of a heartbeat when 'on'). I received a clear Skitterbot for review here on Momma Told Me and was impressed with the quality packaging, but moreso how easy it was to open (great for Christmas morning). Included with each Skitterbot is a USB charged 5 Button Remote control. The battery compartment comes per-loaded with 3 watch sized batteries, and protected with a pull tab for transport and storage. Simply pull the tab from the battery compartment and insert the wired connector into the back of the Skitterbot.


The remote itself has a sliding USB port; simply push the sliding tab forward to reveal the USB head, and connect to a USB compatible device. Skitterbots should charge for 30 minutes to provide their full 15 minutes of play time. Once plugged in, the remote/charger will initiate a charging light indicator that will automatically shut off when charging is complete. Then, simply unplug the remote from the device, the remote from the Skitterbot, and flip on the minuscule On/Off switch beneath the front of the Skitterbot's head. You will know your bug is On and ready when the eyes light up and begin flickering with it's 'heartbeat'. We found this kind of creepy at first, but it really does bring the 'DeskPet' to life! Skitterbots are the faster 6-Footed robot commercially available, traveling up to 1FT per second, so you will want to ensure you have ample room to roam. While our Skitterbot was versatile enough to bump into desk wares and obstacles, you won't be able to get the true effects of it's movement in restricted areas.


The Skitterbot's 5 button controller allows for a basic Forward/Back/Left/Right/Stop control system, which requires a single push to initiate each command. When on, the bug's eyes illuminate it's entire shell, making play in low lit environments just as fun. However the device does generate a significant 'robotic' noise when walking and my Forward button appears to stick enough that we often go without using it. This certainly does not detour the kids from racing it after the cat, or creating an inspired 'Skitterbot' arena! I do find myself wishing the button operation was more of a mini joystick (for more fluid transitioning), and that the speed of the Skitterbot could be manually adjusts (perhaps to 3 levels?) But these are simply the insights of a discerning consumer, and the Skitterbot in no way fails at it's mission; to entertain and technologically impress. These 6 legged Desk Pets retail for $24.99, and I highly encourage looking into the brand's Tank and Trekbots, for an equally unique take on the miniature robot.

What Daughter Says: Look out teachers, parents, and co-workers, there's a new robotic menace in town; the Skitterbot!

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One lucky Momma Told Me follower will win a Skitterbot from Desk Pets!




37 comments:

  1. I would love to try the green tankbot.
    megankayden@yahoo.com

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  2. I would love to have the RED one, so cool to give to my grandson for christmas!

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  3. I'd love to try the Skitterbot in Red at work. My Supervisor and her Supervisor my Manager are both scared to death of bugs. They are for ever on their chairs or desk hollering for me to come kill something for them and I would just love to have a little fun with this at work lol lol . I'd like to try this one because it looks the most like a bug. The trekbot and tankbot were cool too but I like the skitterbots the best. Thanks for sharing this review and giveaway.

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  4. All three types of toys are great. I'd love the blue skitterbot or the blue tankbot.

    Jennelle S

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  5. I Would like to try the Clear Red Skitterbot the color is my Fave

    sasluvbooks@yahoo.com

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  6. Oh, I could so freak some people out! :)

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  7. I'd love to try out the red Skitterbot.
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  8. love the little green skitterbot!

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  9. i think the trekbots also look pretty cool.
    kidpack05 at yahoo dt com

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  10. while the tankbots and trekbots look fun, I know my son would like the skitterbots the best!!! would make a great Christmas present!!! (went to the website) cathic76@yahoo.com

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  11. I like the white Trekbot.
    missdeb1 at earthlink dot net

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  12. I like the Skitterbot

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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  13. I would love to have the green tankbot.

    katie at coverbutton dot net

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  14. I'd like the Tankbot in blue

    renfie.fields@gmail.com

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  15. My boyfriend would love a Tankbot!

    suzy_darling@hellokitty.com

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  16. I'd like to try the Tankbot Green the most.
    momsholidaycooking at gmail dot com

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  17. My husband is a roboholic... we looked at all the videos on the home site and like the skeeterbots the best. I like the green one and he likes the blue one the best ut_oh_its_kim@hotmail.com

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  18. love to have a green tankbot or blue trekbot



    giveawaymommy at yahoo dot com

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  19. Love the Tankbot Desk Pets Blue!

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  20. I like the green Skitterbot. You could have some fun with this!
    Kims2312@verizon.net

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  21. I'd like to have the green skitterbot.
    luckyjd2k at gmail dot com

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  22. I like the clear Skitterbot. The Tankbots are cute too. How neat.

    Leah W.

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  23. I like the Tankbot in blue.
    lyndaclark81(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. i like the blue skitterbot!

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  25. I like the green skitterbot. Rita Spratlen rj_angel_house@yahoo.com

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  26. I would like to try the skitterbots
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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  27. I'd love to try any of them - I think it would make my cat crazy! :-)

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  28. I'd really like to try the Tankbot!
    fatmeatloaf1 at gmail dot com

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  29. I love the Tankbot

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  30. Tankbot Green rocks out!
    theremustbmore@aol.com

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  31. I like the clear green Skitterbot! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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