Willow Garage may sell its Velo robot gripper early, if you ask nicely

Willow Garage may sell its Velo 2G robot grippers early, if you ask nicely

Some have called Willow Garage's health into question lately, but the company may have a minor hit on its hands -- if through an unexpected channel. The firm has seen a strong enough response to its Velo robot gripper that it's mulling an early sale of the device this fall, at an educational price somewhere between $500 and $1,000. Whether or not that happens depends on feedback, however. Willow Garage is both offering notification sign-ups and running a feature survey -- if you need a different interface or better performance, now's the time to speak up. There's no guarantee of receiving a Velo when the company might ship just 50 to 100 of the advance units, but you won't get one if you don't ask, will you?