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by   -   February 12, 2013

Robohub - PR2 waving

So, depending on who you ask, Willow Garage is shutting down, pursuing commercial interests, or changing direction. But things are not as dire as some may think: ROS is fine (the OSRF will support it) and there are many options for Willow Garage to explore. Personally I’m hoping it will be snatched up by Stanford or another academic institution and become a research institute. But given the number of robots they have out (and their price tags!), a commercial path into the future seems even more likely. In any case, I doubt that Willow Garage will disappear just like that.

What caused the changes is that Willow’s founder and funder, Scott Hassan, has decided that it’s time to wean Willow Garage from his private financial support.

by   -   November 7, 2012



Last week I took a trip to Willow Garage in the heart of Silicon Valley. It’s not a hard place to find, and I was on time for my 11AM appointment. Just one problem: I was supposed to be at Suitable


See on www.theverge.com

by   -   September 24, 2012

They may not look exactly like their goofy, gangly ancestors on 60s TV, but the robots have begun to arrive — and many of them are being sired right here in the Bay Area.

See on www.siliconvalley.com

by   -   August 20, 2012

As the frenzy over new Web companies like Facebook and Zynga fades, long-shunned consumer-electronics makers are finding new life in Silicon Valley.

 

The actual stats on Kickstarter for hardware (or any) projects aren’t that great. 50% projects unfunded. Average fund amount $5000. However, those who have or create good market channels are doing very well.

See on online.wsj.com