You know summer's around the corner when robots are helping you grab a cold one. Now, an anticipatory algorithm is helping them refill your glass when you're ready for another round.
Following a report that it will close, the popular startup says it will instead become a self-sustaining company.
Willow Garage's $400,000 PR2 humanoid robot becomes ever more useful with its poop-scooping skills.
The experiment is part of a broader effort to use robots to help people with reduced mobility, as well as seniors.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Willow Garage's polymath PR2 robot is reading everything in sight, including T-shirts and coffee labels.
Another step in the quest for the perfect beer-serving robot. Willow Garage's PR2 can now distinguish whether bottles are full or empty.
But if you're an open-source rock star, Willow Garage might grant you a $120,000 discount.
Willow Garage hosted an open house Wednesday evening to introduce the first round of PR2 robots being made available to researcher and developers. With a mission to accelerate the advancement of open-source robotics software and development, the Menlo Park, Calif., company has now awarded 11 institutions a chance to see what they can do with the PR2 robots.
How do you jump-start the move toward all-purpose robots? Willow Garage uses open-source software and enlists 11 top research organizations.
Work to improve robot vision is ongoing -- but robots don't necessarily need to rely solely on their eyes.