Ever since Time Magazine featured Takara’s Walkie Bits robot turtles as one of the best robot inventions of 2005, people outside of Japan have been desperate to get their hands on the cute little guys. And, once they do manage to get some, they have been facing the challenge of deciphering the Japanese instructions. Well, we can’t help you find them, but we do know where to find the English instructions. . .
It turns out that detailed English instructions for Walkie Bits not only exist, they are free for the down-loading (see link below). When the robots were first released back in June, Takara had the foresight to issue an English language press release. And, amazingly enough, that press release includes all the detailed instructions for the care, feeding, and operation of the fruit colored wonders.
The Takara wizards packed four different play modes into that turtle’s tiny little silicon brain-
First is the Walk mode where it can walk with eight different movements and sound patterns.
Second is the Rhythm mode where you can command it to walk in different slow-fast patterns.
Third is the Race mode which is best when you have two or more Walkie Bits and want to race them against each other.
Fourth is the Song mode which causes it to play a version of Mozart’s Toy Symphony.
The instructions also cover things like the six different “fruity-candy” colors, the interchangeable shells, ideas for personalization, and of course the technical details like the battery type, dimensions, weight, etc.
Takara Press Release with Walkie Bits Instructions [pdf file] (note: links updated 3/1/2006 due to the Takara/Tomy merger)
Takara Investor Relations webpage – Includes Takara press releases on Walkie Bits and other products not sold outside of Japan yet.
Note: Many thanks to Kennedy Gitchel who works for Takara and pointed us in the right direction.