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How Misty Plans To Build The Most Personable, Programmable Robot Ever

Last fall at a hackathon inside a featureless, low-slung warehouse in north-central Boulder, Colorado, one of the first outside software developers to get his hands on a brand-new robot had an idea: If he ordered a pizza, he could teach the robot to get more and more excited as the pie got closer to arriving. Using GrubHub, which charts the progress of a delivery driver on a map, the developer wrote the necessary code to let the bot keep tabs on the pizza’s location. “The robot started getting really excited and moving around quickly, and when the food was right there, it just [got] really excited and [spun] around,” remembers Ian Bernstein, the founder of Misty Robotics, the startup that created the robotics platform that made this all possible. “It’s quite simple, but the robot really did feel excited, and that kind of made you excited.” Programmable personal robots are nothing new–think of Lego’s Mindstorms line and TurtleBots . But Misty’s bots stand out for their power and ambition.

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How Misty Plans To Build The Most Personable, Programmable Robot Ever

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