Beer me! It's for science!
July 11, 2010 8:06 AM Subscribe
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After reaching several milestones in their Personal Robot 2
project over the last 2 years, Willow Garage
, a robotics research startup located in Menlo Park, CA., gave eleven of their PR2 units to research institutions
around the world for 24 months of beta projects and further development.
Some of the current abilities of the PR2 include bringing beer to thirsty engineers
, navigating an office to find power outlets to recharge
, playing pool
, partying like it's 1983
and cleaning up leftovers
The Georgia Institute of Technology want to focus its research on human-robot interaction and enable the PR2 to interact with drawers, lamps and light switches to assist elderly people, the TU Munich plans to teach the PR2 kitchen tasks like preparing meals or emptying the dishwasher and engineers at UC Berkelely will attempt to upgrade the robots laundry skills.
Want to build your own robot? Here's the hardware description
, the specs
and the open source Robot Operating System.