- The thoughts of the nerds at Romotive.
Beginning today, Romo fans will be able to purchase a Romo at their local Brookstone store and online at Brookstone.com!
Using an iPhone or iPod touch as his brain, Romo puts highly advanced robotic technology in the hands of children ages 8 and up. After downloading Romo’s free app from the App Store, kids will be introduced to Romo’s hilarious and charming personality as they journey with him across the galaxy, playing challenging missions which introduce the simple concepts behind the programs and software that run our technological world.
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Today we’re proud to announce a major update to the Romo app, the Robot Space Race!
The new update shows off your Romo’s origin story and a whole new way to train your Romo by going on missions to prepare him for the intergalactic Robot Space Race. Your journey starts with your Romo’s arrival on Earth and training your Romo to master his new wheels.
By going on missions with your Romo, you help him get smarter and be more prepared for the Robot Space Race. Chapter 1: New Wheels gets your Romo accustomed to our world, Earth with twelve exciting missions.
Each mission gets progressively more difficult, but you … Read the rest
We pushed a major update to the app store, making Romo the world’s most accessible and affordable telepresence robot!
In addition to dramatic improvements to video and sound quality, Romo’s got a new system for routing that makes logging into a robot as easy as calling someone’s phone. You can use Romo to check in at the office from home, play with your kids while traveling or chat with friends across the globe from any iOS device or computer.
Telepresence with Romo has a twist – He now has Romotions, physical movements to accompany his facial expressions. You can instantly switch between your face and Romo’s face during a call … Read the rest
Romotive Nerds get this question a lot, so I’d like to take this opportunity to define Personal Robotics.
We all know Rosie from the Jetsons or Roomba from iRobot; both serve as classic examples of personal robots. They exemplify the application of robotics to everyday life for us as individuals, and that’s how we define personal robotics.
Now, improving everyday life can cover a range of tasks from coffee retrieval to companionship, which is why robotics can involve a wide range of subjects. Roboticists can’t just think about gears and wires. They also have to consider the world and people with whom these robots will interact.
While robots currently … Read the rest
We’re really excited to announce the public release of the Romotive SDK. The Romotive SDK gives you the power to write your own programs for Romo, and we can’t wait to see what you build.
In the past, robotics has been a fairly inaccessible field. In order to “hack around” with a robot, you either had to build one yourself or work in a research lab. We’re trying to make “tinkering” with a robot so accessible that you don’t need ANY robotics experience to get started. And we think that we’re off to a great start with our first public release of the Romotive SDK.
The SDK comes as a … Read the rest
The field of robotics provides unique insights into human psychology. Stressing his longtime interest in the human mind, our Adam Setapen explains the valuable role personal robots play when trying to understand how we make decisions.
Adam also discusses the role of a roboticist in exploring the topic and thinking about the different types of social interactions we can have with bots.… Read the rest
RI-MAN, a Japanese nursing robot, from RIKEN
Empathy plays a powerful role in the lives of humans. From helping us to control our rage when we feel wronged to cheering with a friend upon hearing their good news, it paves the way toward harmony in many social interactions. The ability to feel empathy determines how well we can forge relationships with others.
Those of us who build robots often wonder if we can use this powerful force outside the realm of human to human interaction.
By Jess Shutt
Technology in schools can dramatically change the way students learn. I had that experience eight years ago at High Tech High (from the name of my school you can see I was destined to be a Nerd from a young age). While my friends at the local high school lugged around text books and focused on secondary sources, I had access to conflicting perspectives and primary sources in every Google search made from one of the hundreds of computers around school. In fact, with only 400 students on campus, we used to joke that the school had more computers than people.
Due to my access to technology, … Read the rest
“The future of robotics is personal.” - Keller
How do we make robotics personal? That’s a difficult question to answer. Maybe I’m a C3PO type of girl, but you’re more into R2D2. Maybe you never even thought about yourself as a robot person at all.
Personal robotics means creating a robot that everyone is excited to have around, that we all want to take home and spend an afternoon with. Much like a person, a robot should be friendly, attentive and not creepy. Your robot has to be someone you want to spend time with, not just another machine or appliance in your home.
Right now, we can think … Read the rest
Once in a while – more and more frequently these days – we stumble upon a talented young person who blows us away with their computer programming savvy. The latest example is Thomas Suarez, a 12-year old app developer who founded CarrotCorp and created Bustin Jieber, a whack-a-mole-style app that irks beliebers everywhere.
Thomas also gave an inspiring TEDX talk in 2011. He raises an important question: Where can kids go to learn how to create an app?
Some have the good fortune of getting introduced to Scratch. Others attend computer summer camps, immersion programs for girls and other awesome initiatives to attract more underrepresented groups to … Read the rest