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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Rimo is a smart phone mount that allows the person on the other end of a video call to remotely control the phone's movement. It is the only wireless device that uses patented technology to seamlessly connect your computer to Rimo without an IP address or password in a video chat, and connect your phone to Rimo without Bluetooth setup for video recording. It is simple to use. So simple even your parents can use it.
Rimo is developed by Ph.D. students from UCLA, USA. More than one year has been spent in developing the technology and filing the patent. Your support will fasten the process of transferring new technology from lab to the market.
Use keyboard - up/down/left/right keys, or trackpad, or mouse to click on the app to control Rimo remotely:
Danny and Derrick demonstrate how to use Rimo in their secret base in little Osaka, Los Angeles. (subtitle available):
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With Rimo Cameraman app, Rimo can also track your face so that you can record a video without worrying being out of frame. Plug and play; no Bluetooth pairing. The Rimo Cameraman app is provided as a reward.
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In short, the technology is similar to Li-Fi. Unlike Wi-Fi that utilizes radio wave, Li-Fi uses visible light to communicate; therefore, potentially every light bulb in your home can be used to transmit data wirelessly. Although the screen of a smartphone screen is not as bright as a light bulb, it can still transmit data to a nearby Rimo sensor effortlessly.
In a video chat, the Rimo app encodes the movement of your mouse and keyboard action in the video. The control signal is perfectly synchronized with the video, and then sent to the phone on the other end of the video chat. The Rimo optical system picks up the video and control signals and translates them into motor movement. Because the control signal is encoded in the video, there is no need to build an extra communication channel using the IP address of Rimo. Your smartphone is optically connected to Rimo; no Bluetooth connection is needed. Rimo is compatible with video chat software that have desktop or web versions, such as Skype, Kakaotalk, and Line, etc.
For video recording, the Rimo Cameraman app* analyzes each frame of the video and produces series of control signal for the optical system on Rimo. The optical system picks up the control signals and translates them into motor movement. Therefore, Rimo can follow your movement in a timely manner without any Bluetooth connection.
Rimo comes with an 850mAh rechargeable battery. The use time depends on how often one rotates Rimo during the video recording or a video chat; for normal usage, it lasts for 5 hours.
*provided as reward.
Current Prototype Specs
• Rimo for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7.
• Rimo app (Mac) for video chat. Compatible with Skype, Line, and KakaoTalk.
• 850mAh rechargeable battery.
Kickstarter Rimo Specs
• Rimo with adjustable holder for any popular phone.
• Rimo apps (Mac and Windows*) for video chat. Compatible with Skype, Line, KakaoTalk and other video chat apps that we are working on (Google hangout? WeChat? Vote your favorite video chat app on our Facebook page!) • Rimo Cameraman app for video recording and live video with face-tracking capability.*
• 850mAh rechargeable battery (value subjected to change).
We are Ph.D. students from UCLA, USA. We spent more than one year building Rimo and filing the patent. We really love Rimo and decided to share Rimo with the public.
Risks and challenges
Rimo is a revolutionary product unlike anything on the market. Bringing new technology from lab to production brings challenges at times. Fortunately, our Taiwanese background provides us with great connection with the manufactory factories in China as well in Vietnam, with little to none communication barrier. We have minimized the possibility of ugly bumps on the road by having working prototypes and a ready-to-start manufacturing partner. We will try our best to stick to our timeline by advancing a great deal in the manufacturing preparation. However, in the case of high demand, there is a possible delay on our delivery schedule.
In an effort to avoid delivery delays, please kindly provide us with your full daytime delivery address together with your telephone number for our courier as soon as you receive our survey at the end of our project.
VAT & Tariff
Rimo is shipped from USA. Your country may impose VAT/tariff/duty on the imported products depending on the policy of your home country. It is advised that backers check with their country's policies beforehand. This useful website (link:http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation) may serve as a reference for importing duty (we cannot guarantee the correctness of the information). The typical procedure is that the backer pays these fees to the delivery company personnel when receiving the product.