USB R/C Laptop Buggy   (+4)  [vote for, against]
Oh no, my computer's crashed

An adjustable chassis that clamps on to a laptop and draws power and data through the USB port.

It is controlled through Bluetooth or Wifi from a nearby device or over the internet. The software would allow you to see where it's going through a webcam.

This could also be made for touchpads and smartphones, although they'd probably also need a 45* mirror to see forward.

(There's no Computer: Accessory category)
-- marklar, May 25 2011 [spidermother, May 25 2011]

A single USB port is only going to give enough power to move very slowly on a perfectly flat, smooth surface.
-- 8th of 7, May 25 2011

4.5W for USB 3.0, more if you use multiple ports or you have one with charging mode (9.45W). Maybe it should include a capacitor or two. Still, that's on par with cheap r/c cars that take 4xAA cells.

I read xkcd and I don't remember seeing that one. Perhaps it floated out of my subconcious today when I daydreamed about computers literally crashing. As one might expect, his idea is superior to mine.
-- marklar, May 25 2011

I'm picturing something like the bastard child of a laptop and a Roomba. I'd glue on some v-r capability to make a computer that comes when I call it.

And probably some pipe insulation for when it flings itself down the stairs...
-- Alterother, May 25 2011

Netbooks make more sense for this. Still though, [+]
-- CyberCod, May 26 2011

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