romoFrom Scientific American: Robots are all around: they’re serving coffee, cleaning floors, even fighting crime. In fact, The International Federation of Robotics reports that worldwide sales of robots topped $8.5 billion in 2011, totaling an estimated 166,028 robots sold. There’s a new bot and you likely have his brain in your pocket. His name is Romo and he was created by a Las Vegas-based startup called Romotive. Romo uses the computing power of iOS devices as his brain. “We’re bringing robotics out of the research lab and into people’s homes,” explains Adam Setapen, Roboticist for Romotive.

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