Turn Your iPhone Into a Robot With Romo

Based in Seattle, Washington, Kickstarter entrepreneurs Peter Seid & Phu Nguyen (Romotive) have created a cute, playful robot that uses your smartphone as its brains. Dubbed Romo, the robot features a motorized acrylic base with tank-like wheels that offer maximum mobility. Inside the base is basic analog circuitry that controls the robot using programmed frequencies.

Romo Smartphone Robot

As you can see from the video above, Romo comes along with several different apps and is open for further development. Since the robot is controlled via a 3.5mm audio input, any smartphone that is capable of emitting the right frequencies can be used with Romo. As far as battery power goes, Romo utilizes a lithium-ion battery that comes with a USB charger.

Romo began as an ambitious Kickstarter project hoping to raise $32,000 in funding in order to create the first production batch, but with over 30 days still left in their campaign, Romotive has already raised over $45,000. If you're looking to get your hands on one of these cute creatures, all you have to do is contribute $78 or more here.

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  • kalogagatya
    hmm interesting, considering that iphones already have the ability to turn users into robots...
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  • cognoscentiable
    Turn Your SMARTPHONE Into a Robot With Romo
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  • deadlockedworld
    lostmyclanTOM PLEASE MORE REVIEW LESS IpHONE THINGS


    Tom's Hardware has an "Apple free" news stream that you can sign up for that censors all Apple content. Search it.
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  • coolgod
    Cool Story Bro.
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  • AbdullahG
    lostmyclanTOM PLEASE MORE REVIEW LESS IpHONE THINGS

    The title does mention iPhone and so does the picture, the article is completely iPhone based, and neither is Romo:

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    Since the robot is controlled via a 3.5mm audio input, any smartphone that is capable of emitting the right frequencies can be used with Romo.
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  • del35
    I am getting so f888ng tired of this iPhone crap. I want to hear about technology not iCrap stuff by dumb Apple fanboys.
    -3