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  • The UBR-1, A Hackable Robotics Platform, Is Now For Sale

    The UBR-1, A Hackable Robotics Platform, Is Now For Sale

    One of the most interesting robotics platforms I’ve seen in a while, the UBR-1, is now available for sale, something that should cause robotics wonks to rejoice. The platform runs the Robot Operating System and includes a single hand with seven degrees of freedom, a 3D camera, stereo microphone, and speakers. It can move across the floor at 2 miles an hour and supports easy programming via… Read More

  • Savioke Gets $2M To Build A ‘Services Industry’ Robot

    Savioke Gets $2M To Build A ‘Services Industry’ Robot

    Savioke, a robotics startup out of Sunnyvale led by the former CEO of the now-defunct but influential Willow Garage robotics startup, is announcing a seed round of funding today, $2 million from Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures, Google Ventures, Morado Venture Partners and other individual investors. It is planning to use the money to develop and build its first robot, an as-yet unnamed… Read More

  • Willow Garage Spin-Off Brings UBR-1 Mobile Robotics Research Platform Out Of Stealth

    Willow Garage Spin-Off Brings UBR-1 Mobile Robotics Research Platform Out Of Stealth

    Unbounded Robotics has come out of stealth — as the latest and last spin off from open source robotics maker and incubator Willow Garage, which created the PR2 robotics research and development platform, and was itself set up with a vision to make autonomous personal robotics. That mission provided a little tougher than founder, Scott Hassan, originally thought when he set it up back… Read More

  • UPDATED: Robotics Lab Willow Garage, Maker Of PR2, Not Shutting Down, But ‘Changes Are Afoot’

    UPDATED: Robotics Lab Willow Garage, Maker Of PR2, Not Shutting Down, But ‘Changes Are Afoot’

    UPDATED: According to Willow Garage’s blog, the company will not shut down, but change its funding model: Willow Garage has decided to enter the world of commercial opportunities with an eye to becoming a self-sustaining company. This is an important change to our funding model. The success of the PR2 personal robot and of ROS will continue. There are close to 50 PR2 robots in the world… Read More

  • $400,000 Garage Robot Is Now Available For Purchase

    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. Read More

  • Open source robots in homes by, like, next week

    Willow Garage makes “open source” robots and is hoping their work, in conjunction with some Cali universities, will soon appear in homes around the world. Their robots, called the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Robot Project (STAIR), have a standard operating system and all of the mechanics and software is open source, meaning you can modify your STAIR robot as you see fit. Now… Read More