Finally Landing in Japan: Romo the Programmable Robot

‘Romo,’ the playful robot for educational use, manufactured by Romotive, Inc. in San Francisco, California, U.S.A., has finally landed in Japan.

Here in Japan, Sales On Demand Corporation is going to start selling it on July 24. The company is well established as an authorized reseller of iRobot Corporation's goods in Japan as well. They are currently accepting advanced orders for Romo.

Romo can run on an iPhone or iPod Touch, and the free, dedicated application plays the role of the robot's brain. Once you install the app and dock it to the robot's base, the screen will start showing several dynamic face expressions.

After docking, Romo can be controlled with any iOS device (including iPads).

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The robot is designed for kids and can be easily controlled, but it’s more than just a toy - it’s a tool to teach programming. To date, learning programming was easily avoided by many people because it requires a minimum basic knowledge. However, Romo allows kids and their parents to enjoy learning programming together and help them to develop their creativity.You can extend Romo's capabilities (face recognition, face tracking, path tracking, etc) by training it with the given fun missions.

  • Model:

"ROMO 3B" for iPhone 4/4S or the 4th generation iPod touch
"ROMO 3L" for iPhone 5/5s/5c or the 5th generation iPod touch

  • Price: ¥14,500
  • Size: 114x76x142mm
  • Weight: 454g
  • Battery: Built-in 2000mAh nickel-metal hydride battery (USB charge)
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