CarBots is the modern day remote controlled car. It isn’t your average car (as in size) it is a mini car. Check it out for yourself?
We got these cute app-controlled cars from Brookstone and the kids had a blast testing them out.
- Four play modes let you race and drift, perform tricks, navigate mazes and battle other CarBot vehicles
- Control via free downloadable app for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® or Android™ smartphones and tablets (CarBot vehicles can also be controlled without a smart device when using Maze and Personality Modes.)
- Frequency Selector Switch lets you race other CarBot vehicles of the same color
- Drive up to 4 CarBots at the same time
- Built-in battery recharges via flip down USB port on the back of the CarBot vehicle
- iDesk Pets universal remote and 4 bonus AGI3/LR44 button cell batteries included
- Measures approximately 3″l x 2″w
To get started with the Carbots you must first download the app called DeskPets on your smart device. We had to download them on the kids iPods. We were unable to use them on both my iPhone and iPad due to the cases on each device. You will need to be able to plug in the adapter into the audio jack. Due to the thickness of the case on both my iPhone and iPad the adapter would not fully plug in. This is the only draw back I’ve found with many accessories for smart devices, there are times the case gets in the way.
With the iPods and CarBots ready to go the kids got on to the testing phase. Each car has a switch to turn it on/off and channel A, B, or C. You just need to make sure your app is using the same channel so you are controlling the correct car. The different channels allow multiple players to play at the same time.
There is a guide should you need a little more information on how to control the car but honestly it is pretty self explanatory. There is a wheel that you use to move right or left and a lever to move the car back and forth.
The car is rechargeable so this minimizes battery cost. There is a little USB flip down on the car so it can be plugged in and recharged. The CarBot works with iPhone, iPads, iPod touch and Android devices.
There are four different play modes for hours of fun. The modes let you race and drift, perform tricks, navigate mazes, and battle other CarBot vehicles (this is what the Fire and Boost buttons are for). I honestly can not tell you much about the modes. I had a hard time navigating the CarBots and telling the difference between the modes and what you were suppose to do.
I think the CarBots would be a little easier to navigate on an iPad but since I can’t get the adapter to plugin I was unable to try it out. While I think the CarBots are cute and inexpensive at $29.99 or currently 2 for $50 at Brookstone I’m more of an old fashion remote control kinda girl. I have found that many app controlled cars are a little touchy, you really have to spend some time getting use to using the app to control the vehicle and the small screen on an iPhone makes it a little tough.
The kids had a good time playing with them but did comment that they too got a little annoyed with navigating them. However they did think the cars were full of speed and their favorite thing to do was crash them into each other.
If you would like to try out a CarBot for yourself you can win one right here at Shibley Smiles. Simply fill out the form below:
See Official Rules. Giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on the day announced above. Open to US Only.
Thank you and Good Luck!
Disclaimer: I received two CarBots to help facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure.