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The paper is on the topics of low-cost robots, ROS utilization, and 3-D mapping.
PR2-Lite is mentioned in the penultimate section. Maxwell is Michael Feruson’s robot, and will be joining us at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 playing chess with PR2 Lite.
Strategic Showdown Between Human-Scale, Autonomous Robots
Two of the world’s most advanced hobbyist robots will be competing in chess against each other here at Maker Faire! PR2Lite is an autonomous, human-sized robot, and will be playing chess with Maxwell, the 5 ft tall, chess-playing winner of the 2011 AAAI Small Scale Manipulation Challenge. PR2Lite was developed by 4 high-schoolers and their mentor fathers, and Maxwell was developed by Michael Ferguson, formerly of Willow Garage. Both robots have been featured in SERVO Magazine.
What is PR2Lite?
With relatively low-cost components like the Microsoft Kinect, lidars from robotic vacuum cleaners, servos with feedback, and the open-source software ROS, our PR2Lite robot mimics the capabilities of the PR2 from Willow Garage. Willow Garage’s PR2 is a $400,000 research robot, and uses high-end sensors and servos, while our PR2Lite makes use of cheaper hardware to attempt many of the same tasks.
What is Maxwell?
Maxwell is a low-cost, human-scale mobile manipulator which received 1st Place in the 2011 AAAI Small Scale Manipulation Challenge. The robot has a single arm and differential drive mobile base. Sensory consists of a Microsoft Kinect on a pan/tilt stage. Control software was written with the help of the Robot Operating System (ROS).