Romo the robot

Have you heard of Romo the robot yet? It’s a robot toy that uses your iPhone or iPod (4-5). So what does it do? It will respond to faces, play chase, roam around the house, connect with family and friends. There are guided missions, upgrades to unlock, and unlimited free play where there is a lab to try out activities. Its telepresence let’s you connect with an online Romo anywhere in the world.

It comes in 2 versions – the older pin cable for iPhone/iPod Touch 4 and lightning connector for iPhone/iPod Touch 5. The device costs $129 with free shipping. You will also need the apps available for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Learn more here.

Jody Victor

Siri vs Google Now

Jody’s crew has Android phone and iPod Touch so we thought we’d test Siri vs Google Now.

When setting an alarm by saying “Set 6 am alarm” both did as they were told. We thought we’d try a few other fun tests.

“Beam me up Scotty”:
Google Now: “I canna do it cap’n. I do not hae the power.” (same answer every time with a Google search for the phrase)
Siri: “Sorry, Scotty has left the building.”
“WiFi or 3G?” “Ok Stand still.”
“Can you move a bit your left? Ok, stand by.”

“Give me directions to New York city”: (both cases you need to have location services turned on)
Google Now: “Getting directions to New York” – gives choice of using VZnavigator, Google Maps or Chrome browser
Siri: “Getting directions to New York” goes right to map with directions.

“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood”:
Google Now: “A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.” (Google search pages)
Siri: “None. A “woodchuck” is actually a groundhog, so it would probably just predict two more weeks of winter.”
“42? That can’t be right.”
“A so-called ‘woodchuck’ (correctly speaking, a groundhog) would chuck – that is throw – as much as the woodchuck in question was physically able to chuck (ibid.) if woodchucks in general had the capability (and, presumably, the motivation) to chuck wood.”

“Tell me a joke”:
Google Now: “Here you go. Some matching pictures.” shows some joke images and does a Google search for jokes.
Siri: “I can’t. I always forget the punch line.”
“Let me think… Nope, can’t think of one.”
“What did one iPhone say to the other iPhone? …hmm, I used to know this one.”

“Open Candy Crush”:
Google Now: “Opening App” – opens Candy Crush
Siri: Opens Candy Crush.

“What’s on my calendar for today”:
Google Now:”Here are the items on your calendar for today. First up at 6pm xxxx.” (brings up agenda)
Siri: “You have a couple of appointments for today.” (brings up agenda)

Conclusion: Both are adequate. Seems that when repeated, you could get different answers to some questions from Siri, sometimes long and complicated (like the woodchuck question).

Jody Victor