I wasn’t sure which category was best for this topic…
So Misty is not meant to be a general/multi-purpose robot right now…that makes sense.
I’m sure there’s a good chance Misty Robotics has been thinking along these lines: it could be a multi-purpose robot in the educational sector. Anyone like myself with kids in elementary school and beyond know how much emphasis there is on the STEM programs. I think the Misty platform is a great candidate for covering curricula from the early grades into high school:
- Kids enjoy programming when they can see how their code is physically demonstrated (why Lego Mindstorms and Boost are popular)
- Doing science experiments that involve a robot will be more interesting. The hardware expansion will enable students to incorporate HW to experiment as they are learning about temperature, magnetics, etc
- “Growing up” on the same platform should be inspiring to kids: Next year we get to teach Misty how to move through the hallway…and did you see what the sixth graders are doing with the Misty robot…?
In the software world, we often see it’s the platforms and technologies with great steward and community support that succeed amidst their competitors. People have said that ROS dominates its space for this reason. So if it made sense for Misty Robotics, I think putting support behind a STEM program would make the platform attractive to the schools. iow, Misty Robotics would support a website that included suggested experiments, assignments and other curricula for grades x through y. And maybe it could support some level of community appropriate for school children and their teachers that could introduce them to the important ideas of open source and collective problem solving. (The price would involve the robot and site membership, whatever price model makes sense…)
Please let me know if this happens, I may consider going back to grade school…