Willow Garage received more than 120 letters of intent for their PR2 Beta Program from 27 countries and 5 continents. The chance to work with a free robot of the PR2’s caliber is no doubt hard to ignore, and the commitment to open source and non-militaristic research is fantastic (especially given DARPA’s recent job posting). The teams will be able to immediately share their work, so that others may use it or improve upon it, which will no doubt accelerate their research. I’m excited to learn who will be involved and what their projects are going to be when the selections have been made, but we’ll have to wait until the actual proposals have been examined. Good luck to everyone involved!
[source: Willow Garage]