PR2

Personal Robot 2 (PR2) by Willow Garage

Robots for Humanity: Using Assistive Robotics to Empower People with Disabilities

A couple of academic papers out of the Robots for Humanity project. One, from 2013, is now available on line at Lifesciences.ieee.org.

Work using the PR2 to empower people with disabilities continues at Georgia Tech. Phil Grice and Charlie Kemp recently published this paper: Assistive Mobile Manipulation: Designing for Operators with Motor Impairments

04 Jul 2016

Robots for Humanity inspires | Robohub

Robots for Humanity inspires | Robohub.

13 Feb 2015

A sense of touch makes robots more human

A sense of touch makes robots more human | Video | Reuters.com.

05 Jan 2014

Robots for Humanity: Restoring Function to the Disabled Through Technology

Robots for Humanity: Restoring Function to the Disabled Through Technology.

14 Dec 2013

TedX Talk: Henry Evans and Chad Jenkins

Henry Evans and Chad Jenkins: Meet the robots for humanity | Video on TED.com.

20 Nov 2013

Henry Evans Shaving: Robots for Humanity – YouTube

30 Oct 2013

Henry Evans presenting at TedX

Henry Evans

Henry Evans and Chad Jenkins are presenting Robots for Humanity (http://tedxmidatlantic.com/2013-speakers/).

24 Oct 2013

Body Surrogate Overview

In 2011, Henry Evans saw a PR2 robot on CNN and had an epiphany: a robot like that could serve as his external body. He contacted Charlie Kemp at Georgia Tech and Steve Cousins at Willow Garage and suggested a collaboration. Charlie put together a team of graduate students, and Steve put together a team of researchers and engineers, and together the team built a large collection of software for the PR2 robot to address Henry’s needs.

The Georgia Tech team built a user interface that Henry had sketched (using Powerpoint), which Henry immediately tried to use to shave himself. Once the blood was cleaned up, they refined the system and ultimately Henry was able to shave not only himself, but also Charlie across the country. Charlie’s lab added sensitive skin to the PR2, so that the robot could feel when it bumped into Henry.

The Willow Garage team was led by Kaijen Hsiao and Matei Ciocarlie, and focused on interactive manipulation – letting Henry trigger autonomous grasping operations easily. Andreas Paepcke worked with Henry to improve the PR2′s speaking ability and also explored various approaches to faster text input for Henry, and to provide an easy way for Henry to “puppet” the PR2.

24 Oct 2013

CBS News Video

Originally published on the Willow Garage blog: Robots for Humanity | Willow Garage.

 

 

27 Jul 2012

Quadriplegic Regains Control, Independence With Robot Helper (video) | Singularity Hub

Quadriplegic Regains Control, Independence With Robot Helper (video) | Singularity Hub.

18 Jul 2011