Have you ever dreamed of having your own personal robot? I sure have! I wish I had a robot like the one in the Jetsons cartoon. I would love a robot that can cook and clean for me.
When I was a young girl the idea of a robot, although an awesome idea, seemed a bit far fetched. How in the world could you train an inanimate object to do things?
Fast forward to the twenty first century. We’ve come A LONG way. There ARE robots that can do things for us around our home. Even robots that can clean for you (keep an eye out for my vacuum review).
Having a robot is a luxury that most people can’t afford. There is one that is more budget friendly, and fun to use, even if he can’t cook and clean for you. His name is ROMO.
ROMO doesn’t look like much when you take him out of the box. That’s because the box is just his base. It kind of reminds me of the Mars Rover. The real magic happens when you download the FREE Romo app and insert your iPhone into the ROMO base.
ROMO runs on Apple devices. For the ROMO base you need and iPhone 4/4S or an iPod Touch 4th Generation. You can use another Apple device as the remote control (iPhone 4/4S, 5, 3GS, iPad 2, new iPad or any Mac computer running OS 10.6 or higher).
We’re lucky that we all have iPhones, and we have a couple of iPads.
There are two FREE apps you need to download to use ROMO – one is for ROMO (it goes by that name in the app store) and the other is ROMO Remote.
The first thing you need to do it charge up your ROMO with the included plug. Once it’s charge you are ready to go.
Insert your iPhone 4/4S or iPod Touch 4th Generation into the base and turn on the ROMO app. Before ROMO comes alive you get to see a cute little cartoon that shows you how ROMO came to be on our planet. Then ROMO’s silly face appears. He also moves around on his own.
ROMO needs to know what your name is so that he can address you, so you will need to input your name. Next you have to come up with a new name for your ROMO robot. You are welcome to keep the name ROMO if you want. We changed ours to Dallas.
ROMO needs to get used to being on our planet so you need to help him learn how to adjust. He needs your help to learn how to use his new wheels. Through a series of “challenges” you can unlock more and more things to do with ROMO. Most challenges are easy. I did get stuck on one challenge (helps ROMO learn to move in a triangle shape). I tried for the longest time and gave up. My son finally decided to figure it out on his own. I don’t know how he did it but he figured it out.
My kids find ROMO entertaining, as do our cats and the dog. The cats and the dog follow it around.
ROMO can move too. He’s fast on floors and surpringly he moves around just fine on our carpet too.
I love the expressions he makes. He also moves up and down and back and forth. After a while you forget that he came alive with your Apple phone.
That is the only downside to ROMO. If you don’t have an Apple device or Mac you can’t enjoy ROMO. Not everyone has more than one Apple device too.
Check out ROMO in action.
My kids have figured out much more to do with ROMO then I have so far. It amazes me how easily kids understand technology. I am looking forward to learning how to do more fun things with ROMO.
What do you think about ROMO? Does it look like something you and/or your family would enjoy? Feel free to share your thoughts.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.