In the market for a serious robot? We know just the thing. The Willow Garage PR2 robot has been in development for over a year now, and it’s finally available for purchase. Be aware, it’s not cheap – you’re going to be looking at $400,000 to purchase one.
The PR2 isn’t just a hobbyist robot either, it’s a development platform with a thriving open source community, as well as being a serious machine. Willow Garage intends for the PR2 to help software developers and companies to build their own software more effectively, by providing a universal hardware platform. You can get a discount of $140,000 if you agree to contribute to the open source platform and make contributions to the robotic community. Overall, the PR2 is just an amazing machine.