Hi All, (And team who I’ll rely on to put this where it best fits … hopefully not a trash can)
Firstly, and most importantly, if you weren’t lucky enough to make the Austin expo, it was a wonderful opportunity not to be missed in the future.
For me, a half hour alone with Justin accomplished more than a day and a half alone with the documentation.
Equally important, it added confidence that my multi-thousand dollar expenditure would be the gateway to a McDonald’s-like platform. Not leave me with a very expensive LimeScooter-like flash in the pan,
Not a trivial distinction, I think, because where Lime Scooters was once a uniquely amazing financially viable idea, today its scooters are just aging equipment lost among the clutter of at least a half dozen Austin scooter companies.
Heck, I’m even old enough to remember Carrols … who first introduced 15 cent burgers, 10 cent fries and 25 cent shakes that fueled my multi-days wanderings during summer vacation from high school… long before McDonalds existed. But today, if it exists at all, is a run down left over that was run over by McDonalds. It’s not who is first with a better mouse trap … it is who holds on to being first. Me thinks anyway.
The rest is a plea for help (probably for rainy day reading).
For what it’s worth, I believe that having sunk a couple thousand each into our Misty, we all have a vested interest in making sure Misty becomes THE commercial quality platform of the future.
I.e. to be sure that Misty grabs this market the way Starbucks grabbed overpriced coffee … to the point there’s no use in anyone else trying to start a competitor anymore.
Because as wonderfully as Misty is conceived, and has been developed to date, it isn’t yet ready for use by companies who have the big bucks Misty needs to enhance Misty MXXI till Misty is the true descendant of
"The Class M3 Model B9 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, a.k.a.known M3-B9 G.U.N.T.E.R"
that inspired Misty’s creator as well as many more of my generation.
Therefore I have one suggestion for the Misty Team at the next Robotics expo, and one plea for help from other Misty owners.
Suggestion For Misty Team:
Hey Team! No guts. No glory. So think
… Kids play games on the floor with toys.
…Execs of companies with Big Bucks to spend work on desk tops.
… Cabinet Makers’ work at bench top level.
…Beer is best drunk at tables.
… Every other vendor at the expo showed their wares standing up at table level. Etc.
AND … the video that sold me on Misty was of Misty traveling down a RAISED platform along side her creator. … Not traipsing along the floor!
So put some legs on the little sharp edged platform you put on the floor in Austin. And raise it to grown up level.
I mean I watched Misty for at least a total of 45 minutes, and it didn’t miss that sharp edge once.
And well … please pardon me for insensitivity … but if you don’t have enough confidence in Misty to stay on that sharp edged platform yet … maybe Misty isn’t ready for distribution. But that’s just me.
Question For Fellow Owners:
There is no denying that there’s a BIG DRAW, and BIG MONEY in sports, i.e. competition. So can anyone help me come up with a competition among Misty’s?
I mean I can’t find any autonomous robot competition. Can you?
Battle Bots fills an arena, but its really just remote controlled machines. Boxing Bots are the same thing. Cool, but not autonomous.
And of course it has to be a non-destructive. Like modeled on the Laser Tag games in arena’s I’ve seen in malls.
However, my problem is everything I can think of – like a game modeled on Laser Tag – requires that Misty be able to pin point its location in say a 25’ circular arena (think like a hockey rink) .
And I can’t yet find a way to augment Misty with any location sensor that can do that … track it’s own X-Y position in real time, and transmit it to a central server all contestants can access.
Can anyone point me in a useful direction. I’m sure it will require third party sensors but maybe if they can be added to backpacks a bar could buy the packs and provide an arena where owners could rent the packs for an “event”. (With prizes provided by the bar owner)
But first … I need to find anyway Misty can pinpoint its location in a fixed arena. Any suggestions?