Romotive’s Romo

Romo is a revolutionary mobile robotic platform that uses your smartphone as its brain. When connected with any iOS device, Romo becomes a friendly robotic avatar that wanders about your home or office!

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Not just any robot. Your new best friend.

  • Romo is a curious digital creature who lives in your phone and explores your world on his roving base
  • Just download the app and dock your iPhone device or iPod touch (see below to find out which version of Romo works with your device)
  • Let him explore your world and snap photos of what he sees
  • Program him to respond and adapt to his environment
  • You can even control Romo remotely via web browser or other iOS devices—from anywhere in the world!*

2 versions of Romo are available for different Apple devices:

  • Choose the 5, 5S, 5C version of Romo for your iPhone 5/5S/5C or iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Choose the 4, 4S version to dock your iPhone 4, 4S or iPod touch (4th generation)

Meet Romo—the adorable digital creature that lives in your iOS device. 
He’s the first downloadable robot for iOS that senses his environment and interacts with his surroundings. Just download the Romo app and dock him in the roving base. Let him explore and snap photos. Train him to recognize your face and greet you with a smile, or control him remotely from other iOS devices. It’s super easy, and the possibilities are endless!

You play. Romo learns. 
Customize Romo in seconds with his easy-to-use in-app mobile training platform. Program his personality and write your own apps for almost anything: Teach him to act happy when he sees you. Train him to laugh when you tickle him. But leave Romo by himself, and he’ll be sad—so he’ll go looking for someone to keep him company. He’s VERY curious!

Video chat with friends and family—from anywhere in the world!* 
Romo’s the perfect helper! Invite friends and family anywhere in the world to control your Romo remotely while streaming 2-way video and audio. Using a computer or compatible iOS device…

  • Dad can go room to room to say good night while away on business
  • Grandma can play hide-and-seek with her grandkids
  • Family and friends can tour the new apartment

What iOS devices can I dock on the Romo base?

  • iPod Touch 4th gen—for programming, face detection and WiFi control with video (30-pin)
  • iPhone 4 for programming, face detection and WiFi control with video (30-pin)
  • iPhone 4S— for programming, face detection and WiFi control with video and 2-way video conferencing and remote control (30-pin)
  • iPod Touch 5th gen—for programming, face detection and WiFi control with video and 2-way video conferencing and remote control (Lightning)
  • iPhone 5/5S/5C— for programming, face detection and WiFi control with video and 2-way video conferencing and remote control (Lightning)

What iOS devices can I use to remotely control Romo? 
You can control Romo with: iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad 2, iPad Retina, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPad Mini (retina)

Tech Specs:

  • Speed: 1.1 ft/s on hardwood floors
  • Chargeable via included mini-USB cable
  • Charges your iPhone while plugged in
  • Syncs data like a regular dock
  • Built-in 2000 mAh NiMH Battery
  • Up to 2 hours of constant play on a full charge (make sure to charge before playing)
  • 45° backward tilt, 15° forward tilt
  • Dimensions: 4.5”w x 3”h x 5.6”l

What’s in the box:

  • Romo Roving base
  • Custom mini USB charging cable
  • Product info guide

Your new best friend is ready and waiting—adopt your Romo App-Controlled Robotic Pet from Brookstone, today! 

NOTE: *Telepresence only available over an internet connection on a docked iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 and later


CNET has a great write up on Romo, the little robot that follows you!


Holding out a green ball, Keller Rinaudo walks across the room and, without hesitation, a little robot grins and follows him.

Rinaudo stops on a dime and changes directions. The robot does too. Then, Rinaudo tosses the ball and the robot happily chases after it.

This is Romo, the first product from San Francisco-based Romotive. A $150 robot that uses an iPhone as its brains, Romo has been around for nearly two years. Romo runs off the power of an iPhone’s microprocessor. Users dock one device onto a connector on the robot’s base, and from a second iOS device, they can control Romo via its app over a Wi-Fi network. It’s a lot of fun for surprising a cat, having a video chat with a friend, or learning to program.

But Romo’s never been able to intelligently and autonomously chase things before.


By G+ Author: Jacquelyn Tanner.

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