Tux Droid... cool toy, or Tuxploitation?
A Belgian firm is shipping a wireless robot shaped like Tux, the Linux mascot. The KYSOH (Keep Your Sense of Humor) "Tux Droid" itself does not run Linux, however, leading some early observers to question whether the gadget exploits the Tux form factor unfairly.
"Tux-ploitation" or not, the Tux Droid appears to be a versatile gizmo based on a reprogrammable Atmel AVR microcontroller. It comes with a fish-shaped USB dongle named "Fux" which controls Tux via a 2.4GHz full-duplex RF (radio frequency) link.
The Fux dongle creates three USB interfaces on the host PC: audio in and out, and a HID (human interface device) interface said to "transfer all commands to and from Tux.