Misty Robotics Selects Microsoft’s .NET Core for Its Robot Platform and Tools

Misty Enables Developers to Realize the Opportunity of Personal
Robots for Business and Home

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/build2019?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#build2019lt;/agt;–Microsoft Build Conference – Misty
Robotics
, the creators of the Misty robot developer platform,
announced today its selection of Microsoft’s .NET Core for use with both
its robot platform and related tools. Misty is focused on enabling
developers to build skills for its robots that offer value and utility
for personal and business use.

Today, Misty Robotics is successfully leveraging the Universal Windows
Platform (UWP) as its central platform for developing functionality for
the Misty II robot. The future movement to .NET Core will offer the
robot maker the latest tooling from Microsoft as well as cross-platform
compatibility including support of Windows, macOS, and Linux. The
open-source, general-purpose development platform maintained by
Microsoft and the .NET community on GitHub can be used to build device,
cloud, and IoT applications.

According to Morgan Bell, Head of Engineering for Misty Robotics, “UWP
has been a great platform for us. It has given us the ability to really
focus on what the robot should do, rather than focusing on how to simply
get the platform to work correctly. Since UWP is using .NET Core, we
have the advantage of utilizing most of our existing IP as we look to
the future of the robot.”

Developers will have two development tool options when building skills
for Misty II. They can get access to high-level capabilities using
Misty’s on-robot JavaScript API or her REST API. Developers will also be
able to build using a Native SDK for C#, C++ and Visual Basic. The
Native SDK provides deeper access into Misty’s sensor data, commands,
debugging and hardware resources for a more robust way to build a skill.
It is being developed on UWP and will migrate to .NET Core. The .NET
Core implementation opens the door to more programming languages.

On selecting Microsoft as a technology partner, Bell noted, “Microsoft
has been a strong, innovative technology company for many years. That
experience is providing us guidance and insight that we’d otherwise have
to acquire the hard way. While Microsoft has been in industrial robotics
for years, we see Misty II as an opportunity for the largest developer
tools company in the world to have a strong presence in the personal
robotics space.”

About Misty Robotics

Misty
Robotics
is the company behind Misty, a robot platform purpose-built
for developers. Misty is focused on enabling developers to build skills
for its robots that offer value and utility for personal and business
use. Misty Robotics is a spin-out of connected toy company, Sphero.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, the company is financially backed by
Venrock, Foundry Group and others.

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Kathryn Kelly, 408-718-9043
kathryn@kellycommunications.org

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