SimplySim releases new LEGO NXT Simulation Environment

SimplySim has released an application that allows you to control either a simulated LEGO® NXT Tribot in a rich 3D environment or a real Tribot. It includes several sensors and a “claw”. Some sample services are provided to demonstrate how to control the Tribot. You can also write your own services to run in this…

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RoboChamps Korean Competition 2008 (KIA Urban Challenge)

Last month a special event was held in Korea (Oct 8th to Nov 3rd) – It was the RoboChamps Korean KIA Urban Challenge. Currently KIA is sponsoring the RoboChamps Urban Challenge (Global competition). KIA also sponsored the domestic competition in Korea. For this special domestic competition, Microsoft DPE Korea and Microsoft Innovation Center (MSIC) Korea also co-sponsored. Please…

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CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 Released

The CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 has been released and is now available for purchase online. The Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR) provides developers with a high-performance library so they can easily write programs for scenarios that require concurrency and asynchronous operation, including robust error handling, without the complexity of manually controlling threading using locks and semaphores. Decentralized Software Services (DSS) provide a mechanism…

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RoboChamps shifts into high gear

Microsoft recently announced the launch of the RoboChamps Urban Challenge, sponsored by KIA Motors. Similar to the real-world DARPA Urban Challenge, participants will be tasked with programming a robotic car to navigate to a series of checkpoints in an urban environment.  RoboChamps Urban Challenge has one major difference – it’s based entirely in simulation. Microsoft Robotics…

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RoboChamps Amazed Challenge Winners and Sumo Challenge

The RoboChamps Amazed Challenge is over and the winners have been announced. However, the Challenge continues with the Amazing Second Chance Challenge that closes on the 11th August 2008. Download the revised Amazed Challenge from the Downloads page now. The second challenge in the series, the Sumo Challenge, is now open and the environment can also be downloaded from the Downloads…

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July CTP of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008

The July Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 is now available for download. This is the 2nd CTP and like the first this one has a lot of new features and improvements. In addition to the list below you can see some of the features in the Welcome Letter and a…


The MSRS Nao Simulation Competition for Robocup 2008 is now available

The Robocup 2008 Nao Simulation package is now available from Aldebaran Robotics.  This package is designed to work with the updated Soccer Competition package provided by Microsoft to provide a simulated soccer field with two teams of four Nao robots each for RoboCup 2008. The Robocup 2008 Simulated Nao competition software is designed to work with version…

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Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 CTP April Available

Microsoft announces the first Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008. The preview contains a large number of new features and improvements including items such as: Improved security model with support for Message Level Authorization using Role-based access control allowing to fine-grained control of who can access services and how. Support for LINQ…


robuRide-28, a fully autonomous GPS based passenger vehicle  

 The video posting below captures a run of the robuRIDE-28 a passenger car developed by Robosoft.   The car, later renamed as VolvanBUL, is designed to carry 28 passengers, 12 km/h and will be deployed in Vulcania, a French theme park in April.    robuRIDE-28/VolvanBUL is fully autonomous vehicle controlled via robuBox-CTS, developed over the Microsoft Robotics…

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Situational Awareness Vision System

  At the Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference held earlier this month, Braintech demonstrated the power of its MSRS-based VOLTS-IQ software development kit for concurrently performing high-performance visual awareness across several cameras.  The SDK adds sophisticated vision capabilities to Microsoft Robotics Studio in the form of high-level and precise services that implement advanced vision algorithms.  In…

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