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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 read more


January 18 2019

first_imgJanuary 18 , 2019 You might also be interested in Fyffes launches Global Gender Equality Program in … Ireland-based Fyffes has signed an agreement officially recognizing the Union of Agroindustrial Workers (STAS) as the representative of workers at its Honduran melon subsidiary Sur Agrícola de Honduras (Suragroh).The Federation of Agroindustrial Worker Unions (Festagro) said in a statement that STAS on Jan. 11 had held a meeting with representatives of the multinational owned by Japanese company Sumitomo.Collective bargaining negotiations between Fyffes and STAS are due to begin on Feb. 5, it said, adding that Fyffes also agreed to rehire union members by Jan. 21.center_img The development comes after Fair Trade USA decertified Suragroh in December, saying the entity was non-compliant with several of its standards. It said that a “thorough on-the-ground audit and investigation” had confirmed issues related to wages and benefits, worker health and safety, and freedom of association.”STAS recognition from Fyffes is an important step toward improving working conditions at Fyffes’ subsidiaries, i.e. abiding by Honduran labor law and international labor standards; given that STAS is a legally constituted union with every right to represent Fyffes workers,” Festagro said.It went onto say: “We deem Fyffes’ new posture towards respecting its workers’ rights as positive and expect that this agreement will mean that any and all anti-union retaliation will come to an immediate end.”Workers and union members should be free from all forms of harassment and not face retaliation for attending STAS meetings or distributing union materials at work.” Ethical Trading Initiative terminates Fyffes’ memb …last_img read more