Watch those toes!

CAN vs SPI: Because reliable data transmission matters when you live with a robot (part 2)

It may seem surprising, but something as low-level as a communication protocol can have extremely high-level effects. With the right protocol for the environment, data is transmitted accurately and in a timely fashion. And in the case of you and your robot, you can interact in a way that feels natural and rewarding.

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When developers are parents

Understanding robots and families at THAT Conference

So, once upon a time, there was a robot, a huge conference in the great Wisconsin outdoors, more than 1100 professional developers, and over 300 kids. Welcome to THAT Conference. As described on the conference website, THAT Conference is: SUMMER CAMP FOR GEEKS™ Can you say “CamelCase”? Friendly fauna were frequent and family-appropriate visitors. Photo credits: THAT Conference (Instagram)…

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Why Facebook and smartphones have clouded the economics of developer platforms

“Design Win” platforms are equally powerful

If you’re a maker of semiconductors you inherently get the platform economics of a “design win” business. You create a platform (your chip), and you seek thousands of “design wins”, where other companies do all the work to sell your chip, because it’s designed into their product. A relatively low number of those designs may go to market, but odds…

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Watch those toes!

CAN vs SPI: Because reliable data transmission matters when you live with a robot (part 1)

Q: What do a modern car and an advanced robot have in common? A: Both are sending a LOT of data between systems, “under the hood”. Hard to believe that a little robot has all that much going on? Well, it may not be the crazy amount of data that cars have to send around these days, but the more computing power…

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Why we’re big fans of little Vector

A small robot paves the way for its bigger, more powerful cousins

Last week Anki announced their new product, Vector, on Kickstarter. And here at Misty Robotics, we’re incredibly excited. Not just because Vector’s a great little robot, but also because — as a mobile tabletop personal assistant / desktop pet — it’s a first taste for consumers of the larger capabilities coming from personal home and business robots like Misty. We think Vector opens…

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Farewell Jibo and Kuri

Or why the pursuit of the killer app is fraught with peril

In the past two months, Mayfield Robotics, makers of Kuri the robot, has shut down sales and operations and Jibo, which has run through more than $70M of venture funding (according to CrunchBase), announced a significant downsizing of the company. This marks a sad time for the personal/social robot market. There were…

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