Skitterbot is one creepy robot bug
by Mark R
This is the Skitterbot, and this six-legged robot toy is designed to crawl across the ground at a rate of one foot per second. That is probably faster than most cockroaches.
It is powered by USB, and it takes 30 minutes to charge this guy for about 15 minutes worth of play. Yeah, that might not sound very efficient, but surely you could wait to play this creepy, crawly bug?
The Skitterbot bears a strong resemblance to the Hexbugs that we reported on a while ago. I don’t think that their eyes glow or come in three separate colors.
May I not recommend giving this Skitterbot to someone who is terrified by bugs? I don’t know the name of the exact phobia, but if someone who is scared of bugs would probably smash the Skitterbot by reflex if he or she saw it scurrying across the floor.
In fact, just looking at this thing makes me not want to touch it will it is on. Have you ever had a spider crawl up your wrist? That feeling of tiny little legs on your skin just gives me the heebee-jeebees.
However, if you like this creepy crawly thing, then you should be able to get the Skitterbot at Toys “R” Us and Radio Shack for about $19.99.