We are happy to announce that the PR2 from Willow Garage has a very good friend, the Kawada HRP2-JSK. Since robots do not have emotions (yet) or know the concept of friendship (yet), by “fiends” we mean that they can use the same open source code to perform the same tasks.
This might not seem quite astounding but it actually is. This means that the robot peripherals, physical models, and other specific parameters are properly abstracted and parametrized so the same actions can be accomplished using the same (or very similar) instructions by the two different robots.
This is the first step into having more universal robots that can run generic programs and perform generic tasks. In the same way every PC was programmed differently in the past, and now can support a wide range of applications thanks to the hardware abstraction provided by the Operating System (Such as Linux, Mac, or even Windows), robots programs will be interchangeable in the future.
We are looking forward to see how the robots can share their programs and their knowledge when they will be taking over the world and enslaving humanity!