Call for Robotics Projects!

Hi all, My name is Loke, I’m the Sr. Product Manager here at the Robotics team in Microsoft. We are currently in the process of redesigning our website and one of the new areas we’re thinking of creating is a Showcase section where we’ll highlight some of the cool projects that our community is working…

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Kinect for Robotics

The Kinect sensor is one of the best devices, for its price, to become available for robotics in the last decade. For $150 you get 3D range (distance) data and RGB color (webcam video) data. There is a microphone array thrown in as well. But wait! There’s more. The Kinect can detect people and generate…

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Announcing Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta

In my July blog post, we announced the Kinect Services for Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (RDS) and I promised that we would have some exciting announcements this fall. It is my pleasure to announce the release of RDS 4 Beta available as a free of charge download at Microsoft.com/robotics. It’s inspiring to see the tremendous excitement with…


Smile for the camera!

It’s estimated that 3.5 trillion photos have been taken since the first pinhole camera. Even if you account for population growth the progression of photography is mind boggling. Did you know that we take 4 times as many photos compared to 10 years ago and Facebook currently hosts over 140 billion of them, with an…


What is a Household Robot?

    When presented with that question, most people don’t ask for clarification. They intuitively know what the question means, even children do. And then, after naming one or two examples that invariably include a robot tidying up a house one way or another – people often stumble. Children, with their less constrained imagination, dream up …

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The Motion Tracking Robot Controller

The romote control has come along way from the first remote patent by Nikola Tesla in 1898 and the first wireless TV remote “The Flashmatic” that used photon cells as shown in the picture below. Fast forward 100  years and remote controls are breaking new ground for Human-Robotic Interaction (HRI) by leveraging Natural User Interface…


Pet Companion Robot using RDS

Building a Pet Companion When my wife and I both worked fulltime, we had to leave our dog Darwin home alone for 7-8 hours every day, so I decided to build a pet companion to keep him company. Primarily, I wanted to build something that would entertain Darwin, but I also thought it would be…

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Welcome to Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4

Today, we’re delighted to announce the general availability of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS 4) which can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft Robotics website. It was just over five months ago that we announced the availability of RDS 4 Beta and since then, the Microsoft Robotics team has been hard at work…


Lego Hexapod powered by Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

This is a cool hexapod robot that’s built using the Lego Mindstorm kit with logic written using the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio platform. Gokulnath Murugesan who hails from Chennai India put this together and recorded a video of it in action. Also, in this video, you’ll see him control the robot using an Android Phone….

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Partner News from Studica, Robosoft

This partner update includes news from the RDS partners Studica and Robosoft. Studica News Studica is a new Robotics partner. They are the North American distributor for Fischertechnik and they are very active in the education community. Recently Studica ran their Second Annual Virtual Robotics Competition at the Ontario Technical Skills Competitions at RIM Park in…

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