Changes At Willow Garage

Yesterday IEEE Spectrum reported that Willow Garage might be closing its doors, with information coming from several current employees. Then late last night Steve Cousins, President and CEO, released an official statement on their website: Willow Garage is changing Willow Garage has decided to enter the world of commercial opportunities with an eye to becoming a self-sustaining company. This is an important change to our funding model.   The success of the PR2 personal robot and of ROS will continue. There are close to 50 PR2 robots in the world and Willow Garage support of the platform will not diminish. And of course, ROS, as an open source platform, will continue independent of our business model choices. In addition to Willow Garage, its supporters include the Open Source Robotics Foundation and all the other contributors in the ROS community (academic, industrial and individual) who have made it the platform of choice for Robotics. The statement doesn't confirm IEEE Spectrum's story but it doesn't dismiss it either. The original Spectrum story can be found here .

Introducing the New All-Okuma Wheel Cell Featuring the MB-56VA-AW Aluminum Wheel Drilling Machine

Next-generation wheel cell enables wheel manufacturers to increase productivity and efficiency while minimizing downtime

Summit Lawn Mower Company Introduces the World's First Commercial Grade 60" Robotic R/C Lawn Mower For Steep Hills

While remote control and fully robotic lawn mowers have been on the market for years, Summit Lawn Mower Company has been raising the bar with heavy duty track driven units ideal for steep hills. Now with the release of the new TRX-60, that bar just went up another notch.

FIRST® Robotics "Duel in the Desert"

Arizona High School FIRST Teams Preview Robots for Upcoming 2013 Arizona Regional; Scrimmage Hosted by 48West

Government Supports Home-Grown Security Robotics Technology

It will increase reliability in security-related work by introducing robots to perform repetitive tasks.

VEX® Robotics Appoints John V-Neun as Vice President of Engineering

V-Neun Chosen to Oversee Product Development Growth Worldwide

UMass Lowell Hopes To Grow Robotics Industry With Testing Facility

Workers will be able to subject robots to rain, pools of water on the ground, vibration and uneven or even sandy surfaces.

Canadian Government Announces Investments in Robotics Field

Researchers will work with companies on long-term projects in areas of importance to Canadians.

NASA'S Refueling Demonstration Proves Viability Of Satellite-Servicing Technologies

The cutting-edge technologies that RRM is demonstrating could extend the lives of many of the hundreds of satellites currently in geosynchronous Earth orbit.

ABB Collaborates with Andy Flessas to Deliver RoboScreen Packs for Entertainment

ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies, today coupled robust robotics growth in 2012 with a new collaboration with Andy Flessas (aka andyRobot) to deliver RoboScreen function packages for entertainment and commercial uses. ABB is a worldwide leader in the development of industrial robots and operational software, with more than 200,000 ABB robots installed globally.

Congested Frequencies: How to Improve Bandwidth Access for Military and Commercial Use

DARPA to develop technologies enabling radars and communications networks to share spectrum

Full Line of Cool Muscle Motors and High Speed Demo of Synchronized Motor Systems to be Showcased at ATX West 2013

Will feature a high speed demonstration of a 2-axis synchronized motor system and a 6-axis synchronized system

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL, IBM, NATUREWORKS, AND TEKNOR APEX TO SPEAK AT BIOPLASTICS COMPOUNDING AND PROCESSING 2013

May 7-8, 2013 at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida

Axon Showcases Its Newest Full-Body Shrink Sleeve Applicator at West Pack - The Aurora

At West Pack, Axon will demonstrate the Stainless Steel Aurora, an Aurora option for wet-rooms and other demanding environments. (Axon Booth # 5235)

Saebo Announces Exclusive Distribution of Revolutionary Computerized Upper Limb Training Device

Deal Firms Up Saebo's Position as All Inclusive Rehabilitation Provider

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