Microsoft announced a new robotics program including a development environment called the Microsoft Robotics Studio this week. The Microsoft Robotics Studio is a Windows-based environment for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. There are already a number of tutorial sessions at the web site as well as information on setting up hardware. You can use this software with Lego Mindstorms by the way. That is what I am going to start with. I’m told that there will be projects and more information about using the Microsoft Robotics Studio at Coding 4 Fun soon as well.
The official Microsoft web site for the program is http://msdn.microsoft.com/robotics/ There is an interview with Tandy Trower who is the General Manager of the Microsoft Robotics Group at Channel 9. Check it out. This may be just the thing to learn with over the summer to start using robotics in your classroom next school year. Now wouldn’t that be something to jazz up an other wise ordinary programming course?
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