Willow Garage

Industrial Design

Willow Garage developed the PR2 as a research and development platform that promotes new applications and usage models and hopefully increases the consumer robotics ecosystem. To prepare this new offering for public consumption Willow Garage contracted with StudioRed to solve particular design challenges. The mechanics of the PR2 needed covers to protect the user from pinch points and secure the internal mechanisms. The components were also driven for low quantity production methods. StudioRed developed a simple welcoming style while accounting for clearance and part breakup solutions derived by the articulation range of the robot’s movements. The resulting platform was a low cost solution that maintained a cute and friendly demeanor.