Willow Garage Gives Away Robots For Researchers

Willow Garage, a company based in the Silicon Valley, is developing an open source Operating System for robots: the ROS (Robot Operating System). On Tuesday, Willow garage announced the PR2 Beta Program’s 11 recipients selected from 78 proposals, each of them will receive a free PR2 Beta Robot with the ROS. The total value of the PR2 Beta Program robots worth more than $4 million, see below the recipients list:

  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Bosch
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • MIT CSAIL
  • Stanford University
  • Technische Universität München
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Pennsylvania, GRASP Lab
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tokyo, JSK Robotics Laboratory

For more info about the recipients’ submitted projects, go to the web page

Check out an example of possible application, developed earlier this year within two months by a Berkeley student: the PR2 robot was able to fold towels with great accuracy.

The PR2 Beta is a robot platform that includes a mobile base, two arms for manipulation, a rich sensor suite and sixteen CPU cores for computation.

By giving away robots to top institutions, Willow Garage hopes to enables innovations in personal robotics worldwide, expand the open source robotics community, develop reusable components and tools to improve productivity, and accelerate robotics development, thanks to the ROS open source platform.

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