Now available to purchase at 50% off

If you could program a home robot in 30 minutes or less, what would you have it do? Would you instruct it to perform overnight sentry duty and look for intruders? Would you send it to the kids’ rooms and have it hide their shoes while they are at school? Would you hack together a dispensing cup and have your robot feed the dog every morning? Starting today, you can now order Misty II! And when she arrives later this year, you can program her to do all of these things for you—probably in less than a half an hour.

In a short 11 months after starting the company, and only four months after shipping the Misty I, the team at Misty Robotics is now selling the Misty II. It is a crowdfunded effort to enlist the millions of software developers and makers in the world to create the home robot of the future. The goal is to foster a thriving community of programmers and robot enthusiasts who share skills and ideas for what a robot can do. Ultimately, they hope to develop the de facto robot platform that everyone can build upon.

In order to do this, the robot itself needs to be powerful and robustly capable. And here, Misty delivers. At 14" high and six pounds, she packs two smartphone-level processors running Android 7 and Windows IoT Core, fully capable of running Tensorflow, Cafe, and Windows ML within hardware optimized runtimes. She comes with a self-charging station, 2+ hours of battery life, a state-of-the-art 3D sensor suite capable of 3D mapping of entire rooms, offices or a house, autonomous navigation, facial and object recognition, a mic array to hear and respond to commands, USB/serial ports for hardware extensibility, and her own dynamic and programmable personality.

And of course, the robot must be easily programmable. You can build skills for Misty using Blockly, Javascript and Python. And it’s easy to integrate with third party services such as Alexa, Microsoft Cognitive Services, Google Assistant and Cloud APIs to provide additional capabilities for Misty. You can download sample skills created by the Misty team and developers in the community for use on your robot and share the skills you make with others.

Misty is perfect for you if you are:

  • A beginner, intermediate or advanced software developer curious about robots
  • A STEM teacher or student who wants a robot for your class
  • A university student looking for the best robotics platform to build upon or use for research
  • A parent who wants their kids to participate in our robotic future
  • A hardware hacker dying to connect arduino or raspberry pi projects to a moving robot
  • A developer at a company who wants to explore what you can do with robotics and AI in the service of your business
  • Someone who feels it’s better to design our robot overloads rather than be overrun by them 😉

For me, as an engineer and a parent of three kids with strong interests in STEM, I think it essential that we help all young people feel enabled by technology—to encourage them to be makers, not just consumers, of products and services. Offering them platforms on which to build their ideas, experiment and make mistakes, and stretch their imaginations is crucial for that. Just as the Apple II served as that launch platform for so many of us when we were kids, encouraging us to start programming computers, Misty has the potential to be a launch platform for technical projects that touch the real world. And in the fast approaching automated future, we want our kids to be on the enabling side of automation, to use it to make things. These are some of the things that attracted me to Misty.

If you are as excited as we are about having your very own robot to program, hack, build-upon, improve and get to know, this is the time to join the Misty crowdfunding campaign. By becoming an early backer now, you get Misty II for $1599, which is 50% off the MSRP price, and there is a special deal for the first 250 to sign up. Misty will ship to you by the end of the year.

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