Delivering drinks with PR2 and TurtleBot at Bosch

We recently featured Bosch and how they are working on making robots cheaper, more capable, and safer as part of the PR2 Beta Program. They now have a new trick up their sleeve: in one week, they created an website where employees can order drinks and have them delivered to them automatically. They have PR2 (Alan) and TurtleBot (BusBot) working together so that PR2 gets the drinks out of the fridge and TurtleBot brings them to your room.

This multi-robot twist on drink delivery is a great approach for both making robots cheaper and more capable. More expensive and capable robots like PR2 can be used for difficult tasks that require manipulation, while less expensive robots like TurtleBot can take care of transporting items around.

For more information, please see the IEEE Spectrum Automaton article.