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Updated Romo Robot is Speedier, Shuns Android

By Norman Chan

Kickstarter campaign is funded, but the new robots will be iOS only.

We were fond of the original Romo, the adorable robot that used a smartphone as its brains. The first version of the cat-terrorizing toy was funded on Kickstarter, and its creators hand made 2,000 of the robots for early adopters. A year later, the project is back on Kickstarter, with a second generation design that's faster, more responsive, and built in a production line that can actually deliver products to many more customers. Romo 2.0 has already been funded, but there are still a few days left for get in on the $150 Kickstarter price (with January 2013 estimated for delivery). One word of warning though, the new designs won't be compatible with Android smartphones, and the dock currently only supports Apple's 30-pin connector, with an 8-pin version coming later. Learn more about Romo and how the new version compares to the original at Romotive's website.