Segway Robotics Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Mobile Robot Sidekick: Loomo

Segway Robotics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Segway-Ninebot Group, launched Loomo, a smart machine that toggles between a mini personal transporter and mobile robot sidekick. Loomo is now available for pre-order on Indiegogo, with limited early bird pricing starting at $1299.

Loomo was launched with a core set of foundational features, with more capabilities unlocked over time through over-the-air (OTA) updates. Out of the box, users can ride Loomo as a mini transporter. Loomo can follow the rider autonomously as a robot sidekick, and also has a playful personality. Loomo also comes with a free Android-based SDK for professional developers and enthusiasts alike to build on top of Segway’s mobility + AI platform.

Loomo’s key features include:

  • Self-Balancing Transporter: Smooth ride experience across most terrain types, with speeds of up to 11 MPH, and the capacity to cover 22 miles in one charge; a voice-based tutorial allows anyone to learn how to ride Loomo in mere minutes.
  • Auto-Follow Expert: With advanced computer vision, Loomo can follow riders autonomously, shoot stabilized video and more.
  • AvatarA smartphone can be used as the remote control to access all of Loomo’s capabilities: see, speak, interact and explore from the perspective of Loomo.
  • Friendly & Expressive Personality: Powered by its emotion engine, Loomo’s lovable nature and lighthearted expressions will cheer users up and impress everyone around.
  • Multiple Control Methods: Loomo can be controlled via a smartphone app, voice command, gestures and touch sensors.
  • New Skills Unlocked Over-the-Air (OTA): Loomo will continuously update its software and app OTA to include new features.
  • Free Loomo Android SDK for developers: Directly access Loomo’s mobility and AI capabilities to build a range of playful features or practical solutions.

“Segway-Ninebot has already put millions of wheels on the ground that cover 180 million kilometers each year. But what happens if you combine Segway’s proven mobility technology with cutting-edge AI? Well say hello to Loomo,” said Li Pu, President of Segway Robotics. “Loomo is a reflection of our movie fantasies. It embodies our vision: how mobile personal robots can become a part of our everyday lives.”

The Loomo Indiegogo campaign launched March 6. Limited early bird pricing will be set at $1299. The basic pack includes 1 Loomo, 1 AC/DC adapter, 1 extended air tap and 1 USB 3.0 Type-C cable. Loomo will begin shipping to backers in May 2018.