In a near future, inexpensive tele-presence “embodied” robots will be used to reduce physical travel and aid humans in exploring remote places (e.g. tele-visiting a tourist spot, freely roaming, talking to people and examining the site). One important research issue in this setting is how to effectively control the robot to interact effectively with people and explore the environment. At the same time, it is most desirable to give the operator as much impression that one is “tele-present” in the remote environment. We propose an alternative control method using a smart phone, called the SPRinT (Smart Phone and Robot for Tele-operation and Tele-presence), which leverages on its mobility and spatial interaction to achieve the aforementioned goals.