Siri may be the latest "wow" feature on a phone, but have you ever sat around and thought: "If my smartphone is so smart, how come it can't bring me a beer?"
That's pretty close to what a couple of buddies thought one day when they asked, "What if a smartphone had legs?" So self-described "robot nerds" Peter Seid, 22, and Phu Nguyen, 25, went to work building a prototype. A short time later they had built Romo, a fully customizable and programmable robot that uses apps downloaded into a smartphone as its brain.
All you need to do is dock your phone into the tank-like base, and download the app that you like. Romo can have different personalities and functions depending on which app you choose. "That makes upgrading and changing Romo's functionalities extremely easy," according to Keller Rinaudo, the CEO and Evangelist of Romotive, the company formed to develop and distribute Romo.
Keller also told me "Our main goal is not to get in the way of people's imaginations. The platform is very flexible, you can even add a claw or a scoop if you want. So we will be releasing the API so anyone can create an app to have Romo do whatever they like." And then share it with the world in the app store, so those of us who are not "robot nerds" can simply download and use, giving Romo endless possibilities.