The procession song for this year's graduates of California development outfit Willow Garage? "Mr. Roboto." Which was fitting, because the class of 2010 contained 11 robots, all of which will soon make their way into the real world.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
The PR2s will be shipped off to mostly academic institutions around the world, including the University of Tokyo and the University of Freiburg in Germany. Locally, Stanford University and UC Berkeley are recipients of the robots.
The program is part of Willow Garage's effort to "get robots out of factories and into the real world," said Steve Cousins, president and CEO of Willow Garage. By "real world," Cousins means homes or other environments where personal robotics can assist in everyday life, such as folding laundry or helping seniors lift heavy objects.
The robots celebrated their accomplishments by dancing with the ceremony's attendees.