Willow Garage is giving away up to ten of its new PR2
mobile-manipulation robots to research institutions that send in
proposals "describing the open source and scientific contributions that
they can make with a PR2."
For the past couple of years, our researchers,
developers and interns have used prototypes of the PR2 to build
exciting new capabilities for robotics. The PR2 program kickstarted
development of ROS, an open source robotics platform. It also helped
drive new capabilities in the OpenCV computer vision library. One year
ago, we accomplished our first Milestone: autonomous navigation with
the PR2 robot for 2π kilometers. Six months ago, we accomplished our
second Milestone: opening doors, plugging in, and 26.2 miles of
autonomous navigation. We are now completing our third Milestone, which
solidifies the ROS and OpenCV software platforms that form the basis of
the PR2 software system.
It looks like a friendly fellow, but stay clear of that beak.