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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Microsoft Robotics team will be at the Seattle Mini-Maker Faire!

The Seattle Mini-Maker faire will be at the Seattle Center on June 2nd and 3rd over the weekend. If you’re in town during that time, please drop by to see really cool projects made by hobbyists in the community. Our team will be there en-force to show off Robotics related technologies, such as Robotics Developer…

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Announcing the Winners of the Microsoft Robotics @ Home Competition

The wait is finally over! We announced the winners of the Robotics @ Home competition at Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 which was held on the weekend. The event was a huge success with over 100,000 people in attendance. All three winners spent two days with us in the Microsoft Robotics booth at Maker Faire,…


Robotics @ Home Competition Update

The Robotics @ Home competition officially closed on April 30th and we now have the final submissions! Congratulations to the finalists who successfully completed the project. We are planning to unveil the results of the competition and announce the winners at the Maker Faire Bay Area on Saturday May 19th at 10:00 AM.   If…


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…


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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Behind the Scenes: Motion Tracking Robot Controller at Maker Faire 2011

On November 15th Elliott posted a blog on the The Motion Tracking Robot Controller.  I was fortunate enough to work on this project and host an interactive demo of it at Maker Faire 2011 in New York this last Fall.  You can see what the installation looked like in the second half of this video:…

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Announcing Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta 2

A new release of Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta 2 is now available that is an update to the Beta released in September at Maker Faire in New York. This new Beta 2 version includes the following: Support for the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta 2 DSS Log Analyzer Structured Logging Improved Obstacle Avoidance Service…

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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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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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