Robotics lab Willow Garage faces uncertain future amid reports of shutdown

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On Monday, IEEE Spectrum reported that Willow Garage, the Silicon Valley-based robotics company behind the PR2 personal robot, will be closing its doors within the “next few months.” Current and former Willow Garage employees told IEEE Spectrum that the decision was announced internally on Friday, but the company initially declined to comment. Late Monday night, however, president and CEO Steve Cousins published a statement to Willow’s blog, saying that the company has decided to “enter the world of commercial opportunities,” marking “an important change to our funding model.”

Cousins went on to say that the PR2 personal robot and ROS open source platform would continue to receive support, though according to IEEE Spectrum, he stopped…

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