Misty Robotics believes that in order for robots to become a part of our everyday lives, developers need an accessible robot platform to build upon – be that for business, in home or educational use. These are costly to build and requires a knowledge of robotics as well as robotics languages.
This means that in addition to having the powerful technology needed for a useful robot, it must be easy to program and have expandable capabilities so developers from around the world can access open platforms to invent and share useful applications and contribute to its growth.
A platform robot that invites everyone to contribute
Misty Robotics teamed up with Intrinsyc Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lantronix, Inc. As an innovator in product development services and edge computing
modules, Intrinsyc helped Misty Robotics work with solutions from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) to create Misty II, an open robotics development and learning
platform based on Misty the robot.
To give Misty the performance necessary for meaningful tasks and customization, Intrinsyc helped incorporate a variety of hardware and software, including two System on Modules (SOMs) equipped with Qualcomm SoCs and a variety of cutting-edge software. Misty’s hardware includes two System on Modules (SOMs) from Intrinsyc Technologies, both equipped with QTI SoCs. The Lantronix Open-Q™ 820Pro µSOM is equipped with a Qualcomm® APQ8096SG SoC for visual and acoustic processing, while the Lantronix Open-Q™ 410 SOM is equipped with a Qualcomm® APQ8016E SoC running Windows 10 IoT Core for UI/UX and programmability. Also included is the WCD9335 Qualcomm Aqstic™ Audio Codec for advanced audio processing purposes.
Lantronix design services were optimized by Misty Robotics to develop many other software capabilities, including camera management, audio management, display panel support, audio topology support using multiple microphones and speaker output, inter-processor communication, battery charging, and tuning of noise suppression. Finally, Intrinsyc helped with hardware design reviews and FCC certification testing support.
Results: A platform robot with untapped potential
Built for exceptional performance, Misty has an impressive array of capabilities and gives developers the opportunity to build the skills (robot applications) meaningful
to them. With Misty, developers don’t need to worry about building their own robot. They can devote their attention to implementing their ideas and sharing them with
the world. Misty can be used in: education, research and learning in universities. eldercare industry to promote independence and quality.
Misty’s capabilities are even being explored to help keep people safe from contagious illnesses like COVID-19. Current development projects include teaching her to move
through a building to sanitize door knobs and other frequently touched surfaces, or having her question visitors for symptoms of illness and use her infrared cameras to
check their temperatures for fevers, reducing the risk of exposure.
Dozens of other use cases are being explored and built, including greeter, receptionist, delivery agent, security monitor, and more. But Misty’s most promising applications may have yet to be invented. She has the potential to tap into the imagination of millions of developers who aspire to work with robots, helping shape the future of the industry