Smart characters for special education.

Romibo was developed at a National Science Foundation research and engineering laboratory with the mission of creating an affordable product for educators and caregivers.

Engaging

Many children prefer communicating with Romibo in times of high stress or anxiety.

Easy to Use

We have designed Romibo to be easy to use by educators and therapists, regardless of their technical ability.

Extensible

The software that powers Romibo is constantly improving and can be updated wirelessly and automatically as we add more features.

Romibo tells stories and delivers prompts and praise.

Just type and tap. We have your back.

Engage:

Romibo has been shown to be helpful at increasing verbalization, lowering anxiety, and increasing attentiveness in people of all ages and abilities.

Innovate:

Because Romibo can connect to the Internet, you can download, create, and share your interactions, stories, and lessons in our online library.

Teach:

Romibo is an engaging and accessible character to help children practice communication and social skills. Think of him as a playmate that you can control, or a teaching assistant with a perfect memory.

Control:

As a caregiver, you control every interaction with your iPad. You can have Romibo say whatever you type or replay scripts that you've stored before.

As featured in:

"Robotics experts are testing this low-cost and affable robot at schools across the country."

Christina Farr

Venture Beat

"What sets their furry 'bot apart from much of the competition is a focus on affordability."

Brian Heater

Engadget

"Where he has difficulty interpreting people’s reactions to things, their facial expressions, that sort of non-verbal language...the robot doesn’t have any of that."

Michelle W.

Mother of student with autism

"The robot gets my client to engage in ways that he wouldn't otherwise."

Hitomi Wada

Autism Applied Behavior Interventionist / STE Consultants

"The kids just open up."

Sandy Erdos / Site Director

Duck's Nest Preschool

"I didn’t feel...as constrained...I was exactly as constrained, but it didn’t feel like it."

Ethan W.

15-year-old with Asperger Syndrome

Educational content designed by board-certified behavior analysts and other special education professionals.

Limited Pre-Orders Now Available

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this a medical device?

Romibo is not a medical device or a replacement for existing therapy. It is a tool that caregivers can use to reduce anxiety and increase vocalization in some children. It is meant to augment and enhance traditional accepted autism therapies.

Do I need to be tech-savvy?

We’ve designed Romibo to be as easy and as fun to use as any smart phone app. For the most basic speaking feature, you simply type in what you want the robot to say and Romibo will say it whenever you choose.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we ship internationally. Please contact us using the contact form below for a shipping quote.

Is this appropriate for my child or student?

The honest answer is we don’t know. There are very few tools that work for all children, but if your child is drawn to animation or smart toys there is a fairly good chance that they’ll fall in love with our robot.

Do I need to have an iPad to use this robot?

Yes. Romibo requires that you own 1.) an iPad and 2.) an iPod Touch or iPhone 4 or later. The iPod acts as Romibo's brain and eyes and you use the iPad to control him remotely. This makes updating Romibo's software as easy as upgrading any other app.

When will my robot ship?

Our first batch of robots are scheduled to ship in April 2015.

May I distribute your robots?

We’d love to talk. Please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Want to see how children respond to Romibo?

Contact us!

We’re located in Berkeley, CA