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Willow Garage Gets Robots Into Researchers' Hands

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Willow Garage's Eric Berger and PR2 robot

Eric Berger, co-director of the Willow Garage personal robotics program, demonstrates the flexibility and freedom of movement of the arms of the company's PR2 robot. Eleven teams from around the world have won a PR2 for two years of research.

Credit: Daniel Terdiman / CNet

Willow Garage has given 11 teams from around the world the right to use its PR2 open source robots to work on research projects. The researchers will use the robots and Willow Garage's open source Robot Operating System to develop new uses for the technology and will share their work with the robotics community.

The 11 teams will be working a disparate set of problems, many of which are built around helping people with common household tasks. The teams also will attempt to create software that will enable the robots to handle a wide variety of tasks.

The teams are from Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat in Freiburg, Germany; Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Technische Universitat in Munich; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Pennsylvania; the University of Southern California; the University of Tokyo; and the Bosch Research and Technology Center.

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