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Romo is a highly functional robotic toy that uses your smartphone as its brain.
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Romotive

1,152 backers pledged $114,796 to help bring this project to life.

February 28th Update

Hey Romo Users,

We know you’re anxiously waiting for your robots.

 

An update: Last week 2000 circuit boards arrived at our workshop in Vegas. We pulled them out and spread them across the living room floor.

 

It was a big moment, because after all the pre-assembly (200+ hours) we were finally ready to put the Romos together and send them off to their new families – you.

 

But then we tested the circuit boards, and…no dice.

 

Circuit boards are essentially Romo’s organs, and unfortunately they’re not working the way they should be. We had to reprogram them.

 

So we spent all weekend completely re-doing Romo’s firmware, which tells the circuits what to do.

 

And since we had to re-do everything anyways, we decided to go for broke.

 

The good news? Your Gen 2 Romos will be way more agile; you’ll be able to move at variable speeds, and have a better driving experience thanks to a nifty new joystick controller interface.

 We know this sucks, and we are really sorry about the delay. We can’t apologize enough.

 

Feel free to call Zach directly 602-456-9475 or email support@romotive.com. Harangue us or let us know what we can do to make Romo better.

 

We’ll post here the DAY your Gen 2 Romos start shipping, which will happen in the next 2 weeks.

 

Thanks again everyone. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate you all being a part of the Romo family.

Love,

Romotive

Here’s a short video from Peter showing you what’s up:

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Comments

    1. Creator Kevin Berger on March 16, 2012

      can you please give us an update on ship date! we understand things go wrong, and you want them to be right, but we still want to know when they will ship!

    2. Creator Simon on March 14, 2012

      And I have yet to see the Romo's part files on thingiverse...

    3. Creator Simon on March 14, 2012

      Any update on shipping?

    4. Creator Adam McLane on March 2, 2012

      Not worried about it. Just can't wait to show this bad boy off to my cat.

    5. Creator Andreas Michalski on March 1, 2012

      no problem at all to wait for the gen2. i know you do your best !!!!

    6. Creator Romotive on March 1, 2012

      Thanks for the kind words and support everybody! We all really appreciate it. We'll definitely keep you updated as much as we can. Still working on those dang circuit boards, should be done soon!

    7. Creator Gary Burke on February 29, 2012

      I know you guys are doing your best! I am happy to wait for a quality product. Stay awesome!

    8. Creator Mark Derail on February 29, 2012

      You should use this project as a kickstarter into making a "control-whatever" device from the iPhone form factor. Pun Intended.

    9. Creator Andy Piper on February 29, 2012

      Is it going to be possible to update the firmware on the G1 Romos (first batch)?

    10. Creator DaveTheK on February 28, 2012

      i'd have guessed that you might have a usb port so that we can download new firmware ourselves even after you ship these puppies. I'm certainly happy to get updated firmware, but what if you find a bug after you ship them?

    11. Creator David Bonner on February 28, 2012

      Thanks for the update, and please, take your time. Like the rest of the posters here, I'd much, much rather have a Romo you're proud to ship.

    12. Creator Steve Goodman on February 28, 2012

      Great update. No issues with the delays. Like others have commented it is more important to get a good clean product to market.

    13. Creator Gary R Brown on February 28, 2012

      Thanks for the update! That goes a long way to ease me back into the 'patient' mode.
      Thanks

      Gary

    14. Creator Ken Mora on February 28, 2012

      Get it right, I can wait. This one's an heirloom to hand down to the grandkids: "Believe it or not, we didn't have telepathic robot control in my day, but we had this!"

    15. Creator Rick Parris (deleted) on February 28, 2012

      I'd rather see you folks take the time to get it right than rush and get it wrong… although I just realized I'm going to need to buy an iPod touch as a controller.

    16. Creator Austin Herry on February 28, 2012

      Do I NEED romo right now? No, so I am very excited that what I am getting will be extra awesome. Thanks for the update.

    17. Creator Greg Fawcett on February 28, 2012

      As well as a great product, you guys are running your company right. Be upfront when you hit problems, your customers will understand. Say nothing or blame something else, and you lose their confidence much faster.

    18. Creator Ted Martin on February 28, 2012

      In the world of prototyping and Hardware you guys are making the right choice not to rush, I for one am patient...My students who want another robotics platform to play with are gonna learn to wait ;)

    19. Creator Jay Amato on February 28, 2012

      No worries, thanks for keeping us up to date.

    20. Creator Nilton Lessa on February 28, 2012

      Thank you for keeping us updated. No problem at all.

    21. Creator Piotr Kula on February 28, 2012

      No Problemo Guys! Thats what Prototyping is about.. you never get it right first time.. I waited so long.. 2 weeks more wont kill me.. I hope :-] hehehehe Good Work!!!!

    22. Creator Marcus Tallhamn on February 28, 2012

      I'm glad you're taking the time to get the product right. Nothing's worse than rushed software, except rushed hardware.

    23. Creator Gavin Maxwell on February 28, 2012

      All good guys - thanks for the update. Bummer about the boards not working out of the box for you, but that's life.