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What big & small business developers need: A simple, inexpensive way to experiment with robots.

Part one in a four-part series on who Misty robots are made for and why.

  • We’ve had energy companies tell us how they’d love to have robots onsite to regularly inspect indoor pumping stations for leaks and other maintenance items — especially when they’re in the middle of the wilderness.
  • There are the folks in retail who’ve told us they have >40% turnover in many of their positions. It’s becoming incredibly hard to keep people who can count inventory or even “guide customers to the right aisle”.
  • Even a computer company called us to inquire whether an autonomous robot could carry around a prototype device to test WiFi reception variability in larger environments.

What enterprise-strength means

Misty robots are built to:

  • Autonomously explore and navigate without human assistance.
  • Recognize objects and faces and capture video or still images.
  • Capture audio of the environment.
  • Communicate outwardly to humans either local or remote.
  • Use machine learning for improved processing and intelligence.
  • Independently charge when needed.
  • Be easily programmed with REST, JavaScript, and Python APIs
  • Make it easy to perform hardware customizations, for everything from alternative arms to powered backpacks to natural gas sensors.
  • two powerful cell phone processors, one running Windows IoT Core and one running Android 7
  • both processors capable of locally running deep, neural network machine learning, such as Microsoft Windows ML or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine
  • advanced navigation sensors that enable independent mobility
  • high definition cameras and highly capable microphones
  • screens and speakers for local output and communication
  • onboard Bluetooth and WiFi for remote communications

Enterprise-strength options have been scarce

Sure, many enterprises these days use single-purpose or task-specific robots. Those robots aren’t built for experimentation; they’re built for a clear ROI. And, as these robots are so highly specialized, they also tend to come with enterprise-strength prices.

How Misty robots fit your business

  1. They’ll be pleasantly surprised that they can truly solve some meaningful problems for the price of a laptop.
  2. They’ll explore certain use cases where 80%, say, of the use case is covered by a robot, and that’ll be sufficient enough to add value.
  3. They’ll identify the exact nature of specific problems that require different robotic answers (e.g. a taller robot, an outdoor robot, a robot capable of pulling 40 pounds instead of a few), and they’ll be glad they only spent a small amount to learn a great deal of specificity.



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Tim Enwall

Visionary leader with passion and skill in building startup teams who perform in the Top 10th percentile.