The company also originated the Robot Operating System (ROS), which provides libraries and tools to help software developers create robot applications; Open Source Computer Vision Library that is used in robotic applications and to streamline its use in the ROS software platform; Point Cloud Library, a large scale open project for point cloud processing with the purpose to accelerate 3D algorithmic work in perception for use in robotic applications; Player, a robot interface; Stage, a two-dimensional robot simulator; and Gazebo, a three-dimensional robot simulator.
Previously, Willow Garage developed hardware and technology in-house for the robotics research community. Most recently, the company announced that it will begin commercializing products. It has previously fostered several successful spin-off companies.
Willow Garage, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Menlo Park, California.