Romo turns your smartphone into a spy robot

first_imgWhether we’re aware of it or not, most of us are carrying around a computer that can act as the brain of a robot. That’s right, we’re talking about your smartphone. Engineers Peter Seid and Phu Nguyen, the duo behind Romotive, decided to quit their jobs and create Romo, a smartphone-powered robot.Seid and Nguyen, known as Romotive from here on out, are taking their project to Kickstarter for support. According to Kickstarter, Romotive “builds accessible, highly functional, flexible robotics platforms” that are powered by smartphones. Romo basically turns your smartphone into robot brains. The platform adds movement, accessories, and physical capabilities to your smartphone. You simply place your iPhone, iPod Touch, or any other smartphone on top of the robot and plug it into what appears to be your phone’s headphone jack. Romo has a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, a USB charging cable, and analog circuitry with two motor outputs.By adding new hardware modules to the platform and by offering additional apps, the Romo is able to “learn, grow, and change.” The nice thing about this little guy is it can continually be updated as the Romotive crew develops more apps. Romo’s software is available to download in the Android Market and in the iTunes App Store. Romo is infinitely programmable, and so far, Romo has three apps: RomoRemote, Romo Kart, and Drag and Drop Programmable Module. “We’re bringing the app store to robots,” Seid said.RomoRemote lets you use your iPhone to direct the little Romo bot as he goes on solo missions. You can see where Romo is going on your smartphone and even send “audio shout-outs.” Mario Kart fans will be happy to use Romo Kart, which lets you race against your friends in a “mixed-reality version” of the classic game. You can send digital attacks, making your opponent’s robot spin out of control. You can also cut the power of your friend’s robot, deflect bombs, and reverse their controls.For another awesome mobile phone-plus-smartphone project, check out Sphero.Read more at KickStarterlast_img

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