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Turn Your iPhone Into a Robot With Romo

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Kickstarter project turns smartphones into robot brains.

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 , October 16, 2011 12:18 AM
    hmm interesting, considering that iphones already have the ability to turn users into robots...
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    cognoscentiable , October 16, 2011 12:32 AM
    Turn Your SMARTPHONE Into a Robot With Romo
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    deadlockedworld , October 16, 2011 1:34 AM
    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 , October 15, 2011 11:12 PM
    Cool Story Bro.
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    AbdullahG , October 15, 2011 11:19 PM
    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:

    Quote:
    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 , October 16, 2011 12:14 AM
    I am getting so f888ng tired of this iPhone crap. I want to hear about technology not iCrap stuff by dumb Apple fanboys.
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    kalogagatya , October 16, 2011 12:18 AM
    hmm interesting, considering that iphones already have the ability to turn users into robots...
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    cognoscentiable , October 16, 2011 12:32 AM
    Turn Your SMARTPHONE Into a Robot With Romo
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    Maxor127 , October 16, 2011 12:59 AM
    del35I am getting so f888ng tired of this iPhone crap. I want to hear about technology not iCrap stuff by dumb Apple fanboys.

    You should call the cops and report whoever is holding the gun to your head and making you read iPhone articles.
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    deadlockedworld , October 16, 2011 1:34 AM
    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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    tramit , October 16, 2011 1:49 AM
    del35I am getting so f888ng tired of this iPhone crap. I want to hear about technology not iCrap stuff by dumb Apple fanboys.


    Your ignorance for selective technology is quite apparent. Technology is technology no matter what label you slap on it. This article happens to be about any smartphone and not just the iPhone. It seems like blinded people like you see an iPhone and become instantly inflamed. Take your insecurities elsewhere. Next time a simple you can simply exit an article if you have nothing constructive to add to the discussion.
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    AbdullahG , October 16, 2011 2:09 AM
    AbdullahGThe title does mention iPhone and so does the picture, the article is completely iPhone based, and neither is Romo:

    EDIT (Tom's should add a button for this):

    *The article is not completely about the iPhone, and neither is Romo:
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    del35 , October 16, 2011 2:35 AM
    Quote:
    Technology is technology no matter what label you slap on it. This article happens to be about any smartphone and not just the iPhone. It seems like blinded people like you see an iPhone and become instantly inflamed.


    If the article is about smart phones, why not use the term smartphone on the title? Why do we have to have locked down drm infested Apple technology shoved down our throats at every turn? Do you think we are morons? Also, most smart phone users don't use the iPhone users.

    I am inflamed by technology posing as being "people friendly", advancing closed lock-down standards, and lack of connectivity, especially if more open technology is available for the same price or less.
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    SoiledBottom , October 16, 2011 2:37 AM
    "Turn Your iPhone Into a Robot With Romo" - "Kickstarter project turns smartphones into robot brains."

    Now collect your apple fee
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    tanjo , October 16, 2011 6:37 AM
    Any useful feature aside from looking stupid "dancing" to a tune?
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    Kami3k , October 16, 2011 10:49 PM
    deadlockedworldTom's Hardware has an "Apple free" news stream that you can sign up for that censors all Apple content. Search it.


    But then the stream would be empty.
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    halcyon , October 17, 2011 1:58 AM
    It might not be a bad idea for Tom's to consider reducing Apple product news.

    Most THG readers/forumers are not be objective when it comes to Apple. The word "Apple" or iPhone or iPad causes many here to become negative, perhaps because they think its cool to act that way or they think they fit in better with the Tom's forum community. Although no one is forcing anyone to read the Apple product news, if most of the audience hates Apple and their products perhaps Tom's should take that into consideration and post less or no such articles. I mean, I'm sure there'd be no complaints if there were as many articles on all the superior, unique, and low-cost Android devices that are released almost daily and must be better than any Apple device simply because its not made by Apple.

    Perhaps Tom's IS just feeding the piranhas.
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    kentlowt , October 17, 2011 4:02 PM
    I don't understand the problem with the article or peoples reaction to it...It shows an iPhone in the picture so why not use it as a title? As stated in the article it will also work on an Andriod so why the hostilities? Why should Toms filter any of the news to remove iPhone related news if you want that go to China they filter their news there. Is free speech only free speech if its about android?
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    halcyon , October 17, 2011 4:51 PM
    kentlowtI don't understand the problem with the article or peoples reaction to it...It shows an iPhone in the picture so why not use it as a title? As stated in the article it will also work on an Andriod so why the hostilities? Why should Toms filter any of the news to remove iPhone related news if you want that go to China they filter their news there. Is free speech only free speech if its about android?


    Again, because a lot of the folks here don't like Apple and don't want to hear any new about Apple. I'm not in that crowd, at all, but there are a lot of folks that are not able to be objective.
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    stevo777 , October 18, 2011 2:28 AM
    Does it choke at the end of football games too?
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