Hello! My name is Bob Schmitt and this is my site. Everything you see here - the art, design, words, photos, programming - is all the work of my hands and brain. That's me in the picture over there - Christmas, 1969 - with my brand new Rudy the Robot. I've always loved robots for as long as I can remember. I don't know why or when it started, maybe way back then on that Christmas Eve long ago, I just remember always being fascinated by robots all my life especially those great old tin robots from the 40s-70s.
I love science fiction too, especially from the golden age. Stories from masters like Asimov, Campbell, Heinlein, Clarke, Del Rey, Van Vogt, Weinbaum, Pohl, De Camp, Piper, Bester, Knight, Simak, Kornbluth, Sturgeon, Williamson, Smith, Blish, Leinster, Moore, Kuttner - the list could go on and on. And all the classic movies like This Island Earth, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, Destination Moon, When Worlds Collide, Forbidden Planet, the Day the Earth Stood Still, George Pal's War of the Worlds, etc. And, if it has robots in it, all the better!
Rombots started in 2005 when I decided I was going to leave my job and strike out on my own. I started my own multimedia/web development company called Redrom Interactive. At the time, Rombots was intended to be a sort of sister site for Redrom (hence the "ROM" in Rombots) to showcase my programming and design abilities especially as it pertains to Web technologies like Flash, PHP, MySQL, etc. I chose to make a game site because games offer the most challenge from a programming perspective and at the same time are the most fun from a design perspective. But I also wanted the site to have some sort of a theme, something to make it interesting beyond just a portfolio of work samples, and so I asked myself, "What do I like the most?" The obvious answer was "Robots!", and so the idea of Rombots was born. Several years (and many thousands of hours worth of work) later it's grown to what you see here.
I really hope you enjoy the site and have fun with all the things there are to see here. I've got lots of plans for adding more robot-related items as time goes on and I'd love to hear from you. Use the feedback link to let me know what you think of the site so far, and what you'd like to see more of in the future.