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Robots in Depth: Melonee Wise on building robots, and robot companies

Robots in Depth is a new video series featuring interviews with researchers, entrepreneurs, VC investors, and policy makers in robotics, hosted by Per Sjöborg. In this interview, Per talks to Melo...
06 October 2015, by and

Fetch Robotics gets $3 million

Ex-Willow Garage and Unbounded Robotics veterans get $3 million to bring mobile manipulator and mobile platform to market....
10 February 2015, by

Unbounded robotics closes down

For confusing reasons, Unbounded Robotics has shut down. Their $35,000 UBR-1 single-armed mobile robot that was shown late last year with great fanfare is no longer offered for sale. "Why?" is the...
15 September 2014, by

Filling in the puzzle pieces of Willow Garage and Savioke

People say the darndest things! And some of those statements add to the puzzle that is Willow Garage....
14 April 2014, by

AJung Moon on “What were the top stories in robotics from 2013?”

2013 was a year filled with talk of drones. I’m not saying this just because I’m biased by the recent news reporting on how large companies (Amazon, DHL, and UPS to be exact) are exploring t...
11 December 2013, by

Startup Series #5: Rodney Brooks, Steve Cousins & Pioneers Festival

Robolution panel at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. It’s not every day you get to ask pioneering robot startup founders about their journey. The Robolution panel at the Pioneers Festival in Vien...
10 December 2013, by


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Beaming-in to RoboBusiness 2013

RoboBusiness 2013, held last week at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, was a revitalized example of previous RoboBusiness events. Throughout the three-day event, there was renewed e...
27 October 2013, by

Unbounded Robotics launch affordable, all-purpose UBR-1

Unbounded Robotics today launched UBR-1, a robot that has many of us very excited. UBR is the first robot with intelligence, manipulation and mobility for below $50k. While UBR definitely resembles a ...
21 October 2013, by

Frank Tobe on “Is open source a good business model for robotics?”

To be able to choose between proprietary software packages is to be able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. Freedom means not using proprietary software. - Richard Stallman, o...
09 October 2013, by

Video interviews from Robot Block Party 2013

On April 10th, Robot Block Party 2013 took place right after We Robot conference. Of course, I had an extra day to spend at Stanford University after the conference and couldn't miss out on the eve...
24 April 2013, by

Interview with TurtleBot inventors | IEEE Spectrum

We sat down with Melonee Wise and Tully Foote last week and talked to them about where the idea for TurtleBot came from, how it went from a fun side project to thousands of robots in production, and w...
27 March 2013, by

Chris Anderson, Marc Raibert and Steven Cousins at Engadget Expand Event

"Moore's Law has never moved faster than is moving inside the phone you've already got in your pocket. The pace of development and the price performance curve is moving faster in smartphones than it's...
19 March 2013, by

So long, and thanks for all the bots!

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)...
12 February 2013, by

Willow Garage changes direction

For many years now Willow Garage has invested in open source and open platform robotics. Their goal has been a reflection of the vision of it's founder (and chief funder) to advance the state of robot...
12 February 2013, by

Willow Garage changing

One of the most iconic and influential robotics companies has just let staff know that Willow Garage will be making big changes in the next few months: Willow Garage has decided to enter the world of...
12 February 2013, by

Willow Garage scientists who make robots to help disabled people | Mercury News

“Their project is called the Robots for Humanity. And, says Romania-born Ciocarlie, ‘with PR2, we hope to use mobile manipulation to help people with disabilities regain a sense of indepen...
03 December 2012, by

Life telepresent: working vicariously through the Beam robot

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......
07 November 2012, by

SwRI sets low-cost ROS-I consortium membership entry fees

Shaun Edwards, a senior research engineer in SwRI's Automation and Data Systems Division, having recognized a need for standardized software that could easily be ported from one industrial robot to an...
02 November 2012, by

Clearpath Robotics offers $100,000 to robotics research | Willow Garage

The PartnerBot Grant Program is a one-year commitment during which a prestigious research team will use the Clearpath Robotics Husky A200 to pursue its research goal, publish for public review, and ad...
06 October 2012, by

Moving objects on a tray without falling off

Keeping the tray level is not enough... http://www.willowgarage.com/ for more info. See on www.youtube.com...
01 October 2012, by

Suitable Technologies introduces Beam Remote Presence System | IEEE Spectrum

Suitable unveils their new telepresence platform... This article opens discussion on the difference between the growing number of telepresence platforms and their varied price points. See on spectru...
26 September 2012, by

PR2 robot plays pool

Willow Garage's Pool Shark team has programmed the PR2 to play pool, in what they call a short hackathon sprint.  Using a special bridge and grip, to allow it to power shots with wrist motions, its h...
09 September 2012, by

TurtleBot 2 at ROSCon

http://youtu.be/P27Vj7E2FoU This video introduces TurtleBot 2, which was shown this past weekend at ROSCon 2012. TurtleBot 2, built around an iClebo Kobuki from Korean firm Yujin Robot, improves upon...
21 May 2012, by

Open source robotics foundation announced

Announced via the Willow Garage website, the Open Source Robotics Foundation, Inc. (OSRF) is an independent non-profit organization founded by members of the global robotics community. Its mission is ...
17 May 2012, by

Robots are good but roboticists are better!

MEGA Startup Weekend proved that you can mix startups and robots together and build new robot businesses. Now we need to work out how to repeat the success. It’s clear now that having real robot pla...
20 April 2012, by

iRobot and Willow Garage debate closed vs. open source robotics at cocktail party

What's the best approach to building commercially successful robotics companies? Here are two arguments from two prominent people in the robotics industry: Identify a need that can be filled with...
22 March 2012, by

iRobot and Willow Garage debate closed vs. open source robotics at cocktail party

A version of this post originally appeared on Automaton, IEEE Spectrum's robotics blog.By Frank Tobe, editor/publisher, The Robot ReportWhat's the best approach to building commercially successful rob...
22 March 2012, by

Adept begins to use Willow Garage’s ROS for their line of industrial robots

... Adept Technology appears to be bridging the gap between industrial robotics and the very real need for safer, more flexible, vision-enabled, mobile and easily trainable service robots. Today they ...
15 February 2012, by

Robotics is a highly fragmented industry with few common standards or platforms

Imagine being present at the birth of a new industry. It is an industry based on groundbreaking new technologies, wherein a handful of well-established corporations sell highly specialized devices for...
06 December 2011, by

The pursuit of collaboration

Two heads are generally better than one, and while that truism doesn't necessarily scale very well, it can and often does in the open source software movement.   Willow Garage is out to make it...
05 May 2010, by







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