Misty Robotics announces the Misty I Developer Edition Prototype Robot and Platform to Enable a Community of Co-creators

Misty I Developer Edition Robots will be available to select individuals who will help build the first affordable, easily programmable, advanced personal robot for the home and office

Las Vegas, NV – January 11, 2018 – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Misty Robotics, the personal robot company spun out from Sphero, the creators of the best-selling BB-8 toy robot, announced the limited availability of the Misty I Developer Edition prototype robot and software tools. The robot will be made available to a select group of developers and inventors who will help create useful skills for the next generation robot, Misty II, coming later in 2018. The Misty I Developer Edition robot will begin shipping next month and is priced at $1499.

“We believe that by creating an affordable and highly programmable robot for developers first, we can accelerate towards a future of helpful personal robots in our homes and offices,” said Founder and Head of Product, Ian Bernstein. “The Misty I Developer Edition robot and APIs provide developers and inventors with everything they need to create the ‘killer app’ for personal robots and we look forward to working closely with the community to see what they invent.”

The Misty I Developer Edition prototype robot provides non-robotics programmers simple but powerful tools and capabilities allowing them to create skills that leverage APIs for autonomous navigation, seeing, hearing, and speaking capabilities of the robot. Developers who purchase the Misty I will be able to dive in quickly with a Blockly GUI and/or code using Javascript. The mobile companion app will enable control and map interaction. The Misty I will also include serial and USB ports that will encourage makers to enhance and extend their robots with new hardware. Additionally, those who are selected to purchase the Misty I will get real-time access to the Misty Robotics product and engineering teams and will both influence and shape the next generation of advanced, personal robots — the Misty II.

“By creating and fostering a strong developer community, we expect to enable tens of thousands of useful skills for the Misty personal robots at a consumer-friendly price,“ said Ben Edwards who was recently brought on as Head of Community. Before joining Misty Robotics, Edwards founded SmartThings, the hardware and software platform that makes it easy to turn homes into smart homes. He helped grow the SmartThings community to more than 50,000 IoT enthusiasts. “We’re very excited to discover and cultivate the many ways people will create, innovate, and extend these robots and the platform in their own homes and offices.”

For more information and to submit an application for the Misty I Developer Edition prototype robot, please visit: www.mistyrobotics.com/communityapply/.

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About Misty Robotics:
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Misty Robotics, Inc. builds personal robots for non-robot programmers and makers for use in homes and offices. Its personal robots are designed to be friends, teammates, and part of the family. Misty Robotics is a spin-out company from Sphero, Inc., makers of the acclaimed connected play robot, Sphero. The company is backed by Venrock, Foundry Group and others.


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