Romotive, a Seattle, WA-based start up that produces hardware and software to combine the computing power of smartphones with the mechanics of moving machines, has raised $115k through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Co-founded by Phu Nguyen, and Peter Seid, the company builds flexible robotics platforms that are powered by smartphones, adding movement, accessories, and physical capabilities.
The start up intends to use the funding, raised by 1,152 rewarded (non-equity) backers (see here the project page on Kickstarter) to produce the first batch of robots, called Romo, starting with iOS and Android smartphones.
Romo’s software is downloadable though the iTunes app store and Android Market. Apps currently include RomoRemote, which turn Romo into a spy robot.
To see other applications, go to Romotive’s web site (http://romotive.com/)