Sphero is mainly known for its connected toys, and, of course, Star Wars’ BB-8 Droid (which it also turned into a very popular gadget). But the company has also been working on grander plans all the while. Today, Sphero announced that it’s spinning off its advanced robotics division into a new company, Misty Robotics, which will be focused on bringing intelligent personal robots into homes and offices. Surprisingly, the company plans to release its first product next year, TechCrunch reports.
Misty Robotics isn’t offering many details about its plans yet — though you can glimpse a peek at one of its prototype devices in the above image. In a press release, the company says the robots will be “seen and treated as our friends, our teammates, and a part of our families.”