|MistyThe Robot For Programmers|
|Written by Harry Fairhead|
|Saturday, 13 January 2018|
It is arguable that what we need is a sort of IBM PC of the robot world; a robot that we can use without worrying too much about hardware and just get on with programming. Misty is aiming to be just such a robot.
Misty Robotics is a spin-off from Sphero and it had just announced the Misty I developer edition. It will ship next month (Feb 2018) and will cost $1499, which isn't bad for a complete robot of the size. The plan is to produce a Misty II later in the year as a more polished version incorporating what has been learned from the first edition. The only negative is that Misty I only available to "a select group of developers".
I also have to say that there doesn't seem to be much activity on the user community forum, but it is early days.
The most detailed information is from this diagram provided by the company:
Even here there are many vague terms such as "time-of-flight" sensor which isn't usually a term associated with "obstacle avoidance".
Given it has no effectors, e.g. an arm or gripper of any sort, this limits what you can do with the robot. It seems to be suitable for the sort of thing that Jibo or other social robots are desgned for. Think of it as a sort of super Alexa on wheels.
There is only one offical video of Misty and it seems to be of an earlier prototype rather than the robot in the diagram above:
One day someone will produce a platform for robotics programming that is open and so attractive that we all simply use it.
Is it going to be Misty?
Only if social robots are the killer app.
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