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.
Willow Garage is THE leader in the development of ROS and advanced robots for research. The company is known for incubating several successful robotics companies and will begin bringing its own commercial robotics products to market in the near future.