Infobots are a recurring item in the Ratchet & Clank series. They are small robots that contain recordings or broadcasts, as well as coordinates to the planet of the recordings' origins. Their video contents are played when their mouth opens to reveal a flat square-shaped screen contained inside, after expanding their metallic jaws.
Infobots first appeared in the original Ratchet & Clank, in which they play a major role in the storyline by providing Ratchet and Clank coordinates to every other planet. They then have a much smaller role in later games, but sometimes make appearances.
Ratchet & ClankInfobots play a major part in the storyline and provide a video with coordinates for every planet. Ratchet and Clank find infobots on various locations and interact with them, viewing a broadcast or recording on each one. After playing their video, they are then stored by Clank in his radiator core, and the video for each planet can be played on the planet's map screen. They were produced by Gadgetron Corporation.
The infobots' shoulders resemble the button of a PlayStation controller.
Infobots are no longer used to acquire coordinates for every planet in Going Commando, and are instead replaced with normal screens, TVs, and radio transmissions. Instead, they play a minor role, as Clank's admirer, a female infobot with a love interest in Clank, makes an infrequent appearance throughout the game, even once aiding Ratchet and Clank escape the Thugs-4-Less flying prison on Aranos.
In Going Mobile, Infobots are used in the digital world to gain coordinates for Secret Agent Clank locations, such as the Maktar Casino. They are commonly placed near infolinks, which allow access to the main network hub.