PRODUCTS: Angry Birds robots under Wi-Fi control

The wireless-network-control technology will be on the market in a few months

Angry Bird robots on show at the Beijing International High Tech Expo

Angry Bird robots on show at the Beijing International High Tech Expo

Robots modeled after the characters in the popular mobile game Angry Birds were controlled over Wi-Fi at the Beijing International High Tech Expo this week.

To see the robots in action, watch them on YouTube.

The robots create their own wireless network, allowing smartphones to connect to and control them. Developers said that products based on the wireless-network-control technology will be out this summer and will work with all the major smartphone operating systems.

Angry Birds is a popular game on iOS and Android devices where the player needs to slingshot birds into enemy pigs.

Other robots that attracted a crowd were able to perform a synchronized dance and do other stunts like headstands. Each part of the robot could also be individually controlled by a laptop.

Another project gave control of a toy car to a tablet. It appeared as if the tablet's accelerometer controlled the car, as tilting the tablet would cause the motorized toy to move in the same direction.

The exhibitor of the tablet-controlled car said that the software was so simple that even children could program it.

"This can test children's knowledge of machinery, electrical and electronic appliances and computer science," said the exhibitor of the robots.

The High Tech Expo takes place every May in Beijing and organizers place attendance around 300,000.

Nick Barber covers general technology news in both text and video for IDG News Service. E-mail him at Nick_Barber@idg.com and follow him on Twitter at @nickjb.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags roboticsgamesPhone-based games

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nick Barber

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?