Beginning today, UBR-1 is available for purchase.  To order your own state-of-the-art mobile manipulation platform please contact

The majority of requests we have had to date have been for the UBR-1 pro model, so we have decided to focus on and ship only one model.  The cost of the UBR-1 is $50,000 and will include the newest Hokuyo UST-20LX scanning laser. UBR-1 now offers a higher maximum speed, a state of the art laser scanner, more RAM, and a larger hard drive capacity. Complete technical specifications are available here. In addition to the UBR-1 we are happy to announce that we will also be offering a ROS Ready Computer Package to make setting up your robot even easier. This package includes a computer with Ubuntu and ROS pre-installed, and a wireless router pre-configured to connect your robot and computer.

We are planning to start shipping robots to their destinations in late August. For the moment, we are only able to ship UBR-1 to the United States, Canada and Mexico.  We are currently seeking distribution relationships in Asia, Australia, and Europe.  Please feel free to contact us at if you are interested in discussing a distribution agreement.


Last week was National Robotics Week and people all over the country found ways to celebrate.  Here at Unbounded, we were heads down getting ready for our next big announcement, but also finding time to hang out with our robo-friends at Xconomy’s Robo Madness 2014 event. This was their third annual event, but the first featuring a keynote from our own Melonee Wise.
Melonee chose to focus her discussion on PlatformBot, a prototype robot developed while she and the other co-founders of Unbounded were still at Willow Garage.  IEEE Spectrum’s Evan Ackerman covered this in detail in PlatformBot: Willow Garage’s Secret Robot Prototype . Below are some pictures of the PlatformBot and the team that brought the robot to life.
Melonee also joined in on the closing panel “Where Do Robots Go From Here”, moderated by John Markoff of The New York Times.  Also on the panel were Brian Gerkey of the Open Source Robotics Foundation, Helen Greiner from CyPhy Works, Scott Hassan of Suitable Technologies, David Mindell from MIT, and Paolo Pirjanian from iRobot. For a great summation of the event, including Melonee talking about butterflies, check out Robo Madness 2014 Takeaways: Jobs, Education, & Redefining Autonomy as well as the tweetstream of the event. Special thanks to Wade Roush and the team at Xconomy who put on a  great event, and to our gracious hosts at SRI International.  We are already looking forward to next year’s event.