This week’s FLOSS4Science interview is with Steve Cousins, President and CEO of Willow Garage, creators of the PR2 robot and the TurtleBot, both based on the open source ROS (Robot Operating System) platform and powered by this hosting company‘s cloud computing platform. Roboticists, enjoy the interview!
F4S: Please, give us a brief introduction about your company Willow Garage.
Steve: The goal at Willow Garage is to help the personal robotics revolution arrive as soon as possible. To that end, we have three distinct areas of focus: hardware, software and research.
On the hardware front, we are most widely known as the creator of the PR2 robot, arguably the most advanced mobile manipulation robot in the world today. It’s sold (and has been given away) as a platform for development to robot researchers worldwide. In having a common hardware platform, and by providing robot researchers with a robot (instead of them having to build their own), Willow Garage is accelerating personal robot development and also providing a framework for researchers to share information with each other. We also recently introduced a one-armed version …