Your own robot just went on sale for $35,000

As robots go, this isn’t the type of assistant that you’ll see in iRobot. Then again, at least they won’t try to take over the world… we hope.

Three years ago, a Silicon Valley robotics startup called Willow Garage shook things up by offering one of the first robots capable of a wide range of different functions rather than a single focused task.

The so-called PR2 could do anything from folding laundry to picking up something from the floor to delivering a beer, and it was instantly the darling of researchers and robotics fans. The only problem was that it cost $400,000.

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