Romotive is back with a brand new bot! Romo is an affordable, personal robot that uses your iDevice as his brain. Read more
This project was successfully funded on November 15, 2012.
A Note from the Software Wizards!
Hey awesome backers -
We have some news! On Thursday, Jess joined the Romotive nerds team. Jess formerly rocked out customer service for Motrr, and she's committed to making sure we get accurate data from you about software and hardware issues, plus connect you with the nerds who can solve any problems you might be having.
She's dedicated full-time to customer service and community relations, and she's already been in touch directly with a few of you. Welcome Jess :).
We're also talking about bringing back a forum based on your advice. This is an issue near+dear to Phu's heart. More info soon.
And we've got an app update that we hope helps fix some issues you've reported. Here's info direct from Adam and the Software team:
Hello Romo Owners -
We're really excited to have released our first update for ROMO3A this Tuesday on the iOS App Store. The new version (2.1) marks a big step for us at Romotive - it allows people to communicate through Romo when they aren't in the same place.
Some highlights from the new Romo software update:
- Telepresence Mode (iPhone 4S only): Allow a friend to remotely control your Romo through their web browser (latest version of Chrome required). Two-way video and audio puts your friend right in front of you!
- Romotions: Check out new Romo emotions, where we combine his animated expressions with corresponding movements. Romo wiggles when he's excited and shudders when he’s scared.Try out different expressions to see how your Romo reacts!
- Romo Rights Himself: If Romo accidentally flips over on his face or back, he'll hop right back onto his treads.
- Speed: Every part of the updated app is way faster, from connecting to your Romo to changing settings. Romo even moves faster too!
But that's not all! We redesigned menus from the ground up and gave Romo a shiny new Vitals screen. In version 2.1, you pull on Romo’s forehead instead of tickling his chin to access his Settings. We’ve removed Manual Trim in the Speed and Turning section under Settings since we fixed that in the app update.
Romo now drives straight across all surfaces (except molten lava and shag carpet). He loves being tickled (but not on his nose), and he might get dizzy if you spin him around too quickly.
We're really pushing the envelope on what Romo can do, and some of our advanced functionality will only run when Romo is using an iPhone 4S.
But don't worry - we'll always release new features that teach every Romo some new tricks, no matter what device he's got plugged in to his rover base. For example, Romo automatically starts out in Creature Mode (which requires a single device) instead of Remote Control Mode (which requires two devices).
Take a closer look at one of the things you can do with just one device - Creature Mode.
We're already pouring through your feedback to improve Romo, and we'll be updating his capabilities at least once a month. We hope you're having fun with your curious new robot pal!
Adam and the Software Wizards