Romotive no longer selling the Romo?

I had a recent look at the Romotive web site and noticed that there’s a banner saying that the product is no longer for sale. That doesn’t look good to me. It sounds like they’re not going to be doing Romo anymore, or at least not in its current form. I hope that they’ll continue to do something with robotics as they were really good and I’ve had a lot of fun with my Romos.

Romos I and II side by side

Romo 1 and 2 side by side
Romo 1 and 2 side by side

It’s interesting to see these two devices side by side and compare the quite startling differences between them. It isn’t just size, it’s build quality and finish, and, basically, everything!

Quite amazing really. It’s a shame the Romotive seem to have now vanished off the face of the earth.

Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2015

Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2015: Dalek
Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2015: Dalek

It has to be a dalek really doesn’t it?

I hadn’t been to the Brighton Mini Maker Faire for a couple of years, so it was nice to go back again. It felt bigger than the last time I was there, and certainly felt like there were a lot more people there too.

I had a good look around the whole show and there were a few interesting things there, but nothing that totally grabbed my attention. But then it really isn’t something that’s aimed at me I think. It’s more focused on kids and parents, which is good, and as it should be really. Even so I found it interesting and good to see a few companies I really like showing off their stuff.

Sad that the E&C Mini Maker Faire isn’t on this year

It’s a real shame. I went last year and the year before, and I was so sorry to find out that this year it wasn’t happening. According to their site it seems they weren’t able to get sponsorship for the event. It makes me sad because when I went last year there were so many people having a great time there. It was packed. All those people won’t get the chance to go again this year. It’s sad.

But there’s the Brighton Mini Maker Faire that’s happening on the 5th, and I’m planning to get along to that for a few hours if I can. It’s not as convenient as the Elephant and Castle, but it’s ok.

I hope that the E&C faire comes back in 2016. It would be a shame for it to stop for good.

Romo II

2nd Generation Romo Robot
2nd Generation Romo Robot

I’ve wanted a Romo II for a while now. I originally funded the first Romo on Kickstarter, but never got the second one. So I finally managed to get hold of one on eBay for just a few pounds.

So I’m looking forward to getting this one going and maybe even doing something using both of them together.

2nd Generation Romo Robot
2nd Generation Romo Robot

Whatever happened to Romotive?

I was thinking more about Romo and the company that made them, Romotive. I know that they made their second version of Romo, which I didn’t kickstart, but I was wondering what happened to them after that. Their site doesn’t really seem to say what they’re up to at all. I think it would be a shame if that was it for them. Not least because I’d like to know a bit more about those aux ports as I’ve mentioned before.

I guess start ups like this come and go and they don’t always last. Which is inevitable.

Thinking about what to do next with my Romo


I bought the very first iteration of romo, or rather I kickstarted Romo. It was fun, once I got it working, which did take a little while as there were some issues with units in Europe. But it got there. Of course it didn’t support the iPhone 5 so when I moved from a 4 to a 5 it wasn’t workable any longer.

This situation went on until I had the 4 back, relatively recently. Since then I’ve been playing with using it with my TWINE as well. That’s sort of been fun too, but now I’m wondering what, if anything, I can do with it next. I don’t really have any new ideas for it at the moment, and it seems unlikely that Romotive will bring new features to this first iteration of the device.

Also, I never did get to the bottom of what you could do with the little aux ports on the front of the device. I would have liked to know what was possible, and why they put them there.

So for now Romo is gathering dust sadly, until I can come up with a new use. If I do, I’ll let you know.