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April 25, 2011

Willow Garage Turtlebots available at $500-1200


Willow Garage's TurtleBot is available for pre-orders.TurtleBot kits are expected to start shipping in early summer as units become available. You will not be charged until the kits ship.

The core kit is $500, which includes:

USB Communications Cable
TurtleBot Power and Sensor Board
TurtleBot Hardware
Microsoft Kinect
TurtleBot to Kinect Power Cable
USB Stick TurtleBot Installer

The complete TurtleBot (which is what's in the pictures and video) is $1200, and adds the following to the core kit:

iRobot Create Robot
3000 mAh Ni-MH Battery
Fast Charger
Asus EeePc 1215N





Kinect Hacks to Go
The TurtleBot gives a new dimension of possibilities to your Kinect hacking: the ability to drive.

TurtleBot can explore your house on its own, build 3D pictures, bring you food, take panoramas, and more

Ready to Innovate

TurtleBot comes with an open-source SDK based on ROS to help you develop applications right out of the box.

The TurtleBot SDK integrates all the software you need to get TurtleBot running and comes with advanced capabilities like mapping and navigation.

Open Source, Open Community
TurtleBot comes with the best low-cost hardware components to give you a capable, autonomous platform for developing robot applications. The iRobot Create, Kinect, netbook, and gyro are all integrated together to get the most out of each.

Multiple mounting locations let you customize TurtleBot to your own needs.

The TurtleBot lets you tap into the creativity and support of the ROS Community.

Thanks to this community, there are thousands of software packages for robotics you can use with ROS. You can tap into powerful computer vision libraries like OpenCV and PCL, find drivers for hardware add-ons, and test advanced research algorithms.


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