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Willow Garage To Give Away 10 Open Source Robots 44

kkleiner writes "Open source robotics received a huge momentum boost last Friday. Willow Garage, one of the driving forces behind the Robot Operating System, announced that it would be giving away ten of its new and extraordinary PR2 Beta Robots. Willow Garage has an open call for proposals, so that any research group can apply to receive one of the PR2 Betas free of charge. Applicants will have to release their research with the PR2 freely and under standard open source agreements. In this way, Willow Garage is accelerating the field of robotics, not just by making their PR2 Betas available, but by encouraging the shared development of robots and advocating an open source approach."
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Willow Garage To Give Away 10 Open Source Robots

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  • Videos! (Score:5, Informative)

    by a0schweitzer ( 1702404 ) on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @01:49AM (#30816384)
    Videos of the robot [] doing some pretty cool stuff. If I was into robotics, I'd definately want to be playing with one of these!
  • Hardware Specs (Score:5, Informative)

    by Cycon ( 11899 ) <steve [at]> on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @06:16AM (#30817542) Homepage
    The hardware specifications [] alone are pretty impressive:

    Computation The PR2 robot has two eight-core i7 Xeon system servers on-board, each with 24 GB of RAM, a 500 GB internal hard drive, and a 1.5 TB external removable log drive. The computers and most of the sensors communicate over a 16-port gigabit Ethernet hub with a 32-gigabit backplane. The robot also has an on-board, dual-radio router that can be bridged into a WLAN, as well as a secondary, stand-alone access point for laptop or smart phone access.


    The PR2 ships with sensors in the head, arms, and base. The head contains two stereo camera pairs coupled with an LED pattern projector, a 5MP camera, a tilting laser range finder, and an IMU. The forearms each contain an ethernet-based, wide-angle camera, while the grippers have three-axis accelerometers and pressure sensor arrays on the fingertips. The base has a fixed laser range finder.

    That's a fair bit of grunt to throw at the OpenCV [] libraries, which is listed under their Supported Projects in the Software [] section. No surprise either, Willow Garage has taken over hosting the project from Intel.

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