Wizards of ROS: Willow Garage and the Making of the Robot Operating System

How a small band of Silicon Valley engineers started a global robotics revolution

Ten years ago today, an engineer at Silicon Valley robotics lab Willow Garage published a new code repository on SourceForge. The repository, made publicly available to anyone in the world who wanted to access it, hosted the codebase for a new project Willow was working on: ROS.

The ROS code repo, set up by Ken Conley, ROS platform manager at Willow, on November 7, 2007 at 4:07:42 PT, was the first time the term ROS was used as a formal, public designation for Willow’s Robot Operating System project.

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