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A robot that grabs beer out of the fridge, and more

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The robotics engineers at Willow Garage have developed a new program that allows robots to open a fridge door, grab a beer, flip the lid, and serve.

The robotics engineers at Willow Garage have developed a new program that allows robots to open a fridge door, grab a beer, flip the lid, and serve. It's part of a larger vision: to build and test a platform for the emerging robotics industry. SmartPlanet goes inside the Willow Garage to take a peek at their world of robotic assistants.

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