Smart characters for special education.

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


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

Easy to Use

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


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

Our robot tells stories and delivers prompts and praise.

Just type and tap. We have your back.


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


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


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.


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.

"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


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

Ethan W.

15-year-old with Asperger Syndrome

Over 100 lessons designed by board-certified behavior analysts and other special education professionals.

Limited Pre-Orders Now Available

I have a question!

Is this a medical device?

Our robot 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 our robot to be as easy and as fun to use as any smart phone game. For the most basic speaking feature, you simply type in what you want the robot to say and it will say it whenever you choose.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we ship internationally.

Is this appropriate for my child or student?

We don’t know. There are very few tools that work for all children, but if your child is drawn to electronics 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. Our robot requires that you own an iPad and an iPod Touch or iPhone 4 or later.

When will my robot ship?

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

How do I cancel my pre-order?

You may cancel your pre-order within 30 days of your order date. If you wish to cancel your pre-order, please email Jared at with the name and email address associated with your purchase.

We want you to be comfortable with your purchase, and we care about your customer experience. Once we get closer to shipping our robots, we will publish a revised return and warranty policy.

May I distribute your robots?

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

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Contact us!

We’re located in Berkeley, CA
You can reach us by phone at +1.510.239.9259
or by email at