Misty II crowdfunding commenced

Misty Robotics has publicized Misty II, the second generation of its programmable robot. It was initially displayed at this year’s CES (International Consumer Electronics Show).

From the makers of the personal robot company spun out from Sphero and the creators of the best-selling BB-8™ toy robot, Misty Robotics, announced its newest personal robot, the Misty II. It will have a launch with a limited-time 30-day crowdfunding campaign.

The Misty II personal robot will be offered at multiple backer levels at a 50 percent discount of $1,599 and will begin shipping by December 4, 2018. The original price of the Misty II retails for $3,200. The Misty II robot is the first readily programmable robot offered at a consumer price point for developers, entrepreneurs, students, and makers.

Ian Bernstein, Founder, and Head of Product, “At Misty, we are focused on creating the personal robot of the future that developers and makers can build upon as well as share skills and ideas for what a robot can be.”

He also said, “Crowdfunding the Misty II robot aligns with our mission of building a community for developers and makers, and allows us direct access to our early backers for feedback and collaboration. We are excited to see what they build on Misty and then share with the larger community.”

Misty Robotics says that the Misty II is not a product for the average consumer. On its website, Misty Robotics says, “Misty II is built for software developers (corporate and entrepreneur), STEM students, makers, and passionate programmers interested in robots but have never been able to ‘program a robot’ because they were either too expensive, required a degree in robotics, or lacked useful skills for everyday tasks.”