First Beta Program PR2 Ships to Stanford!

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The first PR2 Beta Program robot has officially left Willow Garage and arrived safely at Stanford Univeristy.  We're excited to get the Beta Program underway, and next week, we'll be hosting representatives from each of the 11 Beta Sites for a ROS and PR2 workshop.  We plan to ship out the remaining 10 robots in approximately three weeks.  This first short-distance shipment served as a practice run for getting the next PR2 robots to their new homes, and we were excited to see the Stanford recipients unpack and drive the robot out of its crate without incident.  We were even more pleased to see the PR2 collecting data for an object recognition task within a few hours of arriving at the lab.

The PR (Personal Robot) project took off in Ken Salisbury's lab, and it was only appropriate that the PR1 be hauled out for a photo-op with its decendant.  Thanks to Eddie Salisbury for the great photos; we're glad to see the PR2 settling into its new home.