are colorful little robots that react to sound and have their own
object sensors. They run on a tiny battery and can respond to
handclaps and steers clear of objects all by itself. They are
intelligent little insects. When the bug bumps or touches
something or hears a voice or sound, it stops or reverses
direction. Besides being cute, the robotic insects were
recipients of iParenting Media's Best Products of 2009.
The HexBug Micro Robotic
Creatures are available in different shapes and colors - red, pink, blue, green, black and orange. Each one
has six legs, hooked claws and antennas. The original HexBug,
HexBug Crab, Nano, Ant and HexBug Inchworm are small enough to fit in
your pocket or hand. Each runs on two batteries which are
included. They are for children 8 and over.
The HexBug Original moves forward until he comes to an
obstacle. He detects this with his two antenna and
then changes his direction. He will also change directions by clapping your hand.
The HexBug Crab reacts to light. He moves
according to its internal movement pattern until
he has found a dark place to hide. There he will
stay until you wake him up by clapping your
hand. He will then start to move again.
The HexBug Inchworm comes with a remote control,
which you can use to move him forward, backward
or make him turn around. The remote control has
two channels so that you can control two
The HexBug Ant has a translucent plastic
shell so you can see all the inner workings on
top of a set of gears and motors. The Ant is
propelled by six rapidly spinning wheels and
gets its directional instructions from the dual
antennae in front and the wire sensor in the
rear. When the Ant senses an object at any of
these sensors it reverses directions.
The HexBug Nano vibrates it's way across
surfaces and even has it's own Nano Habitat
available separately. It comes with batteries
installed and is ready to play with.
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