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CES 2013: BeeWii's Bluetooth-controlled tank

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CES 2013: BeeWii's Bluetooth-controlled tank

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BeeWi's Bluetooth-controlled Tank shoots infrared bullets. CNET does battle with it at CES 2013.

-Hello. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET here with CES in Las Vegas checking out the trigger-happy BeeWi Tank Bee. We've often said the problem with most remote-controlled vehicles is that they don't fire lasers, but the Tank Bee looks to remedy that affliction. It fires infrared beams either at other Tank Bee units or the target. Driving this miniature mobile and shooting those virtual bullets is controlled using an app. It's available for iOS and Android which is good because it means fans of Google's platform don't get left out in the cold as they do with some small phone-controlled toys. Although the beams it's using are infrared, the tank is connected to your smartphone over bluetooth, I found it was quite easy and a lot of fun to control, even though the software wasn't final yet. If you're playing against a target, then the aim is to knock out all of these blue lights without letting it to plague your own life. It looks like fun, but I think you'll get the most out of these toys if you're playing with two or more. That all sounds a bit violence and terrifying, then you might want to check out the BeeWi Kick Bee which is kind of the same, but it's a smaller, cheaper robot that instead of shooting lasers, kicks around the soccer ball. They're going to cost about $54 each, so it will set you back if you assemble the entire team. The Kick Bee should be out in the next four to six weeks in the U.S. while the larger Tank Bee is coming out in June in the states and in Europe a little bit earlier. It does set you back to get more cash though. It's gonna cost $119. For that, you do get the target included, however. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET. CES is not just about robots, so be sure to check out the site for more info and all the latest smartphones, TVs, and everything else of the show. See you.

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