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Keller Rinaudo: A mini robot — powered by your phone
Your smartphone may feel like a friend — but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.
Keller Rinaudo is the co-founder and CEO of Romotive — makers of the small, covetable robot, Romo.
WHY YOU HOULD LISTEN TO HIM?
Keller Rinaudo founded Romotive alongside friends Phu Nguyen and Peter Seid. The startup makes Romo, an adorable miniature robot that harnesses the the powerful processor in every smartphone. Something between a personal robot and a pet, Romo has a personality thanks to controllable facial expressions and is able to roll around on a tank-like base. As CEO of Romotive, Rinaudo sets the strategic direction of the company, raises funds needed to scale quickly and focuses on growing the team through recruiting.
A 2009 Harvard graduate, Rinaudo worked with Dr. Yaakov Benenson and colleagues on biological computers — tiny devices made of RNA, DNA and proteins that, when implanted in the body, could work as molecular doctors signaling genes in need of treatment. Rinaudo is also a professional rock climber ranked top 10 in sport climbing. He has scaled alpine cliffs in France, underwater caves in Kentucky and the limestone towers of Yangshuo, China.
“That’s a lot of excitement for a smartphone toy robot. But, hey, this is a toy with big ambitions, and Rinaudo and his crew–though admittedly unsure about where this all might lead–are convinced they’re onto something.” CNET
The $4 million Lamborghini
The brand new Lamborghini Veneno will run you $4 million, but only if you can get your hands on one of the 3 being produced.
McLaren P1: A hybrid supercar
The brand new, $1.1m McLaren P1 can do 0-60 in under 4 seconds and boasts a carbon fiber body.
Consumer Reports: Best cars for 2013
Consumer Reports announced their Top Pick vehicles which received the highest scores in their self-administered tests. Detroit automakers didn’t make the cut.
CNN Anchor: ‘Be Happy,’ Traffic Jams Are ‘A Sign That The Economy Is Improving’
CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield related a shocking bit of information to her audience on Tuesday. Skyrocketing gasoline prices mean that Americans are wasting more money than ever sitting in traffic, but there is a silver lining. While those traffic jams may be draining your wallet, CNN reports that they are also a sign that the overall economy is improving.