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CES 2012: Your phone's new ride

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CES 2012: Your phone's new ride

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Paul Sloan takes a look at the robot for your phone, the Romo from Momotive.

Speaker 1: I'm Paul Sloan of CNET. I'm at CES and we're talking to (Keller Renato?) of (Romotive?) Speaker 2: Hi. Speaker 1: And he's got these... robots that are controlled with smartphones. Show us how they work and tell us what they do. Speaker 2: Sure so this is (Romo?). He is a robot. He uses your smartphone as his brain... Because (Romo?) leverages the power of a smartphone's processor, he's smart... he's really flexible and he's also cheap to build. So currently you can control (Romo's?) motion from any smart device anywhere in the world, because we go through the headphone jack, he works for Android, iOS and Windows phones. Speaker 1: So is it just for fun or it takes pictures, can you use it to spy on people, tell us all the use scenario... use cases here. Speaker 2: Sure. So a lot of people who bought him in the last couple of months do it because kids love playing with them. They spy on each other. They drive it around... They like... you know, getting them to emote and smile and they can annoy each other with them... but he's also useful because you can use them as a tele presence robot. So you could, you know, if you left one at the office, you could drive it around the office and see what's going out at the office when you're aboard or if you left it at home, if you had teenagers who party too much and you're traveling in Europe, you could always, you know, drive Romo out to the bedroom. When you're in Beijing, you could take your iPad out, activate Romo, drive him out to the bedroom and... one of the coolest things about him is that it's a really open (??). So anybody who is out there, who writes for iOS, or for Android can go to our website, download the movement library and can code their own behaviors and personalities for Romo and it's really easy to distribute those personalities to all of our users. Speaker 1: And so you're making... you're making these out of an apartment now I hear? Speaker 2: Yes, funny stories. So we weren't expecting to grow quite as quickly as we have... So we sold... we built and shipped a hundred robots in December. We have presold about 2,000 robots that are going out in February and those are getting (??). So we hired like 4 nerds from UNLV to come and basically live in our apartment in Las Vegas and run an assembly line like building robots every single day 8 hours a day. So it's... you know, it's a little bit like a sweat shop... right here in Las Vegas. It's like a start up sweat shop but yeah so we build them by hand here in Las Vegas. Speaker 1: And where are they available? Speaker 2: They're available right now on our website (romotive.com?). They're 99 bucks... you know, you can support like robotics which is totally awesome and they're easy to use, they're fun to play with, make a great conversation starter at parties and stuff like that. So... Speaker 1: Thank you so much. Speaker 2: Cool. Speaker 1: I'm Paul Sloan with CNET here at CES. Speaker 2: Thanks.

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