Disrupting another disrupter.
Former employees of Willow Garage formed Unbounded Robotic and have developed a new robot with a more than 10 fold price reduction. The just announced UBR-1 will be offered at $35,000, putting more squarely in the competitive mix. Shipping is expected next summer.
Willow Garage is a company known mostly for its robotic hardware and open source software. Their most famous project has been the PR2 Robot. Although this was a highly advanced robot, the price and size of the bot was a little too much for most companies or manufacturers to invest in. Now a group of former employees for Willow Garage have come together to create a company of their own. It is called Unbounded Robotics and they have just announced their new robot, the UBR-1.