Friday, 21 September 2012

Romo– The Smartphone Robot

Remo Developer Say's - Growing up, we were infatuated with robots from TV and movies. We wanted robots that we could play with and command. So we spent our allowances on all things robot; from components, to kits, to fully assembled machines. But still, none of them had laser beams on their heads. Now we're grown up (sort of), and you still can't buy the robots we spent our childhoods dreaming about. So we decided to do something about it. We intend to make the robots we always wanted ourselves. And with your help–we will.


Romotive builds accessible, highly functional, and flexible robotics platforms that are powered by a supercomputer already carried by millions–the smartphone.
Our robotics platform adds everything that the smartphone is missing–movement, accessories, and physical capabilities that a true robot needs.
But unlike the lame single-purpose machines out there for sale today, our robots will also be able to learn, grow, and change, both by adding new hardware modules to the platform, and more importantly, by bring to people everywhere a true "app store" for robots, where robots can quickly gain functionalities based on the app they are running (and you can even code your own).
We’re only scratching the surface of what is possible with smartphone controlled devices. With your support, we will have the opportunity to pursue bigger and bigger ideas. It Will Cost You Around US$ 70 (Without Smartphone)

Romo's Software

Romo's software will downloadable though the iTunes app store and Android Market. Since Romo is a "true" robot, he's infinitely programmable, and can be made to do just about anything. However, at first Romo will come with the following applications:
  • RomoRemote: Turn Romo into an awesome spy robot. Ever wished you can be in two places at once or spy on someone? You can do that with Romo. You can see where Romo is going via the smartphone camera and send audio “shout-outs”. <Watch on Engadget>
  • Romo Kart: Race against your friends in a mixed-reality version of the classic Mario Kart game. You can send digital attacks and have your friend’s robot spin out of control. You can also disable their power, deflect bombs, and reverse their controls as you race towards the finish line!
  • Drag and Drop Programming Module: You can program Romo right on your smartphone and watch him execute your commands. Features of the drag and drop programming app includes: movement, conditional statements, loops, and reference to other functions.

Romo's Hardware
  • A motorized, acrylic base with an accessory port that can be controlled by any smartphone (or iPod Touch). 
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Charging cable
  • Analog circuitry with two motor outputs, compatible with any phone that can emit the right frequencies to drive the motors