Miscellaneous helper robots have been whirring, rolling, and bumping around for years. They generally take the form of something adorable, with big doe eyes and a chunky white plastic body that is friendly and completely non-threatening. Or they’ll go in the opposite direction, like Boston Dynamics’ agile robots that move in an uncanny valley way but lack things like faces. A robot called Misty falls squarely in the former category; even the name is cute. Misty Roboticsdesigned it to be extensible and flexible, with technologies like computer vision on board the robot itself, and ripe for iteration by enterprising developers. At Microsoft Build 2019, we got an extended demonstration of Misty and a long chat with the company behind it.