PR2 Robots Officially Graduate to Beta Sites

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Dance Introducing the PR2s Keenan Wyrobek and Eric Berger Scott Hassan, Founder Party Steve Cousins, CEO

On Wednesday night, we officially kicked off the PR2 Beta Program with a party and robot unveiling.  Over three hundred guests gathered at Willow Garage, and watched as all 11 Beta robots were introduced.  Scott Hassan, the founder of Willow Garage, laid out his vision for increasing productivity by bringing robots out of the factory and into our everyday lives.  Keenan Wyrobek and Eric Berger, co-directors of the personal robotics program, outlined the PR2 hardware platform and ROS software platform, highlighting how excited we are about the rapid adoption of ROS within the robotics community.

After the robot unveiling, representatives from each Beta Site came forth to claim their robots.  Demos, photo ops and human-robot dancing ensued.

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