Willow Garage PR2 Robot Fetching a Beer From a Refrigerator

Willow Garage created a “Beer Me” web app that they used to instruct a PR2 robot to fetch a beer from the fridge.

Around 5 PM on Fridays, many of us here at Willow Garage start thinking that a cold one would taste pretty good. However, we often have a few loose ends to tie up before the weekend begins in earnest. In this situation we’ve often thought about how perfect it would be to have the robot autonomously deliver beer. The goal of Willow Garage’s third summer hackathon was to make this dream a reality.

Path planning with dynamic obstacles

illustration by Josh Ellingson