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Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics unveils its first robot for developers

Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics unveils its first robot for developers
From Engadget - January 11, 2018

Misty Robotics will judge entries based on who has an adequate amount of time to spend with the device, as well as who can commit to collaborating with their team down the line. It's an unconventional approach towards releasing a new product, but it seems a necessary step for Misty, since it needs to make sure it has developers committed to learning a whole new robotic platform. The company plans to release a mass-produced model later this year, the Misty 2, but this early batch will let it see which aspects of its technology devs like the most.

The Misty 1 looks like an early concept version of Wall-E with its mini-tank treads, squat size and large, expressive eyes. Naturally, there's a ton of gadgetry hidden underneath its adorable exterior. There's a occipital light sensor, HD camera and far-field microphone array up top, right above its 4.3-inch LCD display. Below that, there's a speakers and RGB led, as well as sensors in the front and rear for avoiding objects. It's all powered by two Snapdragon processors. With all of that hardware, the robot will be able to see and recognize faces, as well as map indoor environments.

So what does it actually do right now? Well, the company still seems to be figuring that out. Misty engineers are able to remotely control it from a smartphone, and they have also programmed one to act a bit aggressive when you get in its face (it growls like an animal, then performs a randomized series of actions to scare you away).

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