Willow Garage Blog

March 16, 2008

The first piece of computer art that is organic and dynamic. What does a computer dream about? Does it count sheep?

Scott Draves has created a network of 50,000 computers worldwide working together to generate art.

We have an installation of Scott's art called "Dreams in High Fidelity", his rendition of what computers might dream about while they sleep. I asked him to create a high resolution version that moved 12x slower and with longer transitions - something our staff and visitors might enjoy.

Scott agreed and created a dynamic, organic work of art using the equivalent of 500 years of CPU time. Our installation appears on a 60 inch screen, has 200 sheep and 800 transitions - with each sheep playing for one minute and having four transitions that last for 30 seconds before the next sheep appears. Although all the sheep are based on the same algorithm, each is completely different, unique and complex. Most are beautiful and engaging.

If this sounds interesting, and you are near Menlo Park or Palo Alto, please feel free to stop by. We'd like to share it with you.

--- Scott Hassan

December 4, 2007
Researcher, Author and Industry Speaker Becomes Company's Senior Scientist
MENLO PARK, CA - December 4, 2007 - Continuing its investment in Open Source robotics platforms, Willow Garage Inc. today announced the appointment of Dr. Gary Rost Bradski as Senior Scientist. Bradski will leverage his experience in robotics, machine learning and computer vision research at Stanford University's AI Lab, and will apply that knowledge to Willow Garage's personal robot and the autonomous vehicle programs.

October 24, 2007
Donation to Stanford Furthers the Development of Tools for Robotics Application Development
MENLO PARK, CA – October 24, 2007 – To jumpstart the development of future robotics applications, Willow Garage Inc. today announced its plan to develop an available, standardized robotics platform. The company also announced that it has donated $850,000 to the Stanford Computer Science research group of Assistant Professor Andrew Ng. That Lab is currently developing advanced open source software for personal robotics.

May 8, 2007
Research and Leadership Background Attractive to Company's Mission
May 8, 2007 -- Willow Garage, a privately-funded research lab focused on developing the next generation of robotic devices, today announced the appointment of Steve Cousins to the position of president and CEO.