Backed Or Whacked: A Smartphone Robot For Playtime And Panorama-Style Mobile HD Video

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Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin.

High-quality videoconferencing was once the exclusive province of rich institutions with dedicated high-speed connections. These days, a pair of iPod touches can get you started chatting up your remote friends or colleagues. In February, Starii raised nearly $25,000 to create what would be renamed Swivl, a pan-and-tilt mechanism for iPhones that could track you as you moved. And a follow-up called Galileo, launched in March by Motrr, raised over $700,000 in providing remote access for a similar proposition. But two recent Kickstarter projects take iPhone video interaction to places it has never been before.

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Backed: Romotive Romo. Through its extensive use of sensors, your iPhone may know a lot about…

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