9. Tutorial: Misty

This tutorial begins where Quickstart ended. This tutorial provides typical preparation for sharing a Misty robot via hardshare:

  1. configure a proxy to the API of your Misty,
  2. attach a camera to the workspace,
  3. create a sandbox with example code, as shown in the figure below.

9.1. Declare the add-on mistyproxy

For example, if the Misty robot is available on the local network at IP address, then:

hardshare addon-mistyproxy --add --ip

To use a different address, the previously saved value must be removed. For example, to change to

hardshare addon-mistyproxy --rm
hardshare addon-mistyproxy --add --ip

9.2. Check details via the rerobots CLI

You can check the details associated with your Misty robot deployment through the rerobots CLI. If you do not have it, try pip install rerobots as described in the introduction to the rerobots CLI.

The rerobots CLI requires an API token, much like the hardshare client. To find yours locally,

hardshare config -l

and notice the path under the section “found keys”. Now call rerobots wdinfo to get details associated with your workspace deployment; for example,

$ rerobots -t /home/scott/.rerobots/keys/jwt.txt wdinfo 2d6039bc-7c83-4d46-8567-c8df4711c386
  "id": "2d6039bc-7c83-4d46-8567-c8df4711c386",
  "type": "user_provided",
  "type_version": 1,
  "supported_addons": [
  "desc": "",
  "region": "",
  "icounter": 33,
  "created": "2020-09-18 05:25:49.711260",
  "queuelen": 0,
  "addons_config": {
    "mistyproxy": {
      "ip": ""
  "cap": [
      "id": 46,
      "date_created": "2020-10-21 22:24:07.808679",
      "user": "scott",
      "wdeployment_id": "2d6039bc-7c83-4d46-8567-c8df4711c386",
      "capability": "CAP_INSTANTIATE",
      "param": null

9.3. Stream video

For most users, streaming video is most easily achieved with the command attach-camera as described in the section: Attach external camera. After following those instructions, typically it suffices to:

hardshare attach-camera -d 0

to enable video streaming. Note that the camera is only active when there is an active instance with your hardshare client. In other words, the above command can succeed without you noticing any activity on your camera.

When done, the cam add-on appears on your workspace deployment, which practically means that remote users will be able capture camera images or view a live stream like that at https://rerobots.net/sandbox/fixed_misty2

9.4. Make a sandbox

At this stage, your workspace deployment with a Misty robot is ready for the kind of low-level access demonstrated in the tutorial at https://help.rerobots.net/tutorial_proxy_fixedmisty.html

To provide a faster and simpler (and also more constrained) experience for remote users of your Misty, you can make a sandbox. A similar arrangement is shown in the following video:

Go to your hardshare administrative panel at https://rerobots.net/hardshare and in the “Sandboxes” section, do “create new”. Select the sandbox kind misty-py.

The sandbox kind misty-py presents a code editor in which you can place example code that is executed in an isolated, ephemeral Python environment on rerobots servers. The code can include {{ mistyhttps }}, a template variable that is replaced with the mistyproxy URL generated for each instance.

Other sandbox kinds are available for different language runtimes. For example, misty-java provides a Java runtime. Alternatively, the sandbox can present a Blockly editor if misty-blockly is selected. An example is shown in the video at https://vimeo.com/488264658

9.5. Hosting more than 1 Misty

To host more than 1 Misty robot, you must register additional workspace deployments: each ID should correspond to precisely 1 Misty:

hardshare register --permit-more

Now hardshare config -l will show a list of multiple IDs. All commands given previously in this tutorial and in Quickstart can be used again with the new ID by specifying it on the command-line.

For example, if the new ID returned from the hardshare register command above is 2d6039bc-7c83-4d46-8567-c8df4711c387 and if IP address of the second Misty robot is, then:

hardshare addon-mistyproxy --add --ip 2d6039bc

will declare the address. Notice that the above command has a prefix of the ID 2d6039bc-7c83-4d46-8567-c8df4711c387. For convenience, most hardshare commands accept a unique prefix where a workspace deployment ID is required.