iRobot fosters STEM education through a new web site

In early December iRobot launched a new web site called SPARK – Starter Programs for the Advancement of Robotics Knowledge. The web site is designed to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Although it is funded by iRobot, the site is aimed at robotics in general and is not specific to a particular type…

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CCR used at MySpace in a highly parallel environment

A video entitled CCR at MySpace has been released on Channel 9. It describes how the Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR) has been used to handle requests for data on the MySpace servers which process tens of thousands of web requests per second. This is a perfect application for CCR which simplifies concurrent programming and…

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Learn Page available on Microsoft Robotics web site

The Learn Page on the Microsoft Robotics web site is designed to help you find relevant content from amongst the wide range of resources available for learning about RDS. You can search through the content list in many different ways to find samples, tutorials, documentation, etc. New content items will be added to the list with…

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CoroWare Announcements

CoroWare has opened the source of the ClassPack product line. It is now freely available on SourceForge here: http://corobot.sourceforge.net/ . The code includes services for the physical CoroBot, a simulated version of the CoroBot, and an OCU for remote control. You do not need a physical CoroBot robot to use the code. The simulated CoroBot is a standalone robot…

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Introductory Videos on RDS

A series of introductory videos about RDS is being released over the coming weeks. These are intended to be short (about 5 minutes) and cover topics that will help you to get started using RDS. The first video is in three parts and shows how to create a new service in C# using the Visual…

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Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2 Released

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2 Microsoft has announced the availability of the Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2. This new release is an upgrade to the existing 2008 version. It includes the new DSS Log Analyzer tool and enhancements to the Visual Simulation Environment as well as bug fixes and additions to the documentation. You…

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RDS 2008 Standard Edition and CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 available on MSDN

Due to customer demand, both Robotics Developer Studio (RDS) 2008 Standard Edition and CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 Standard Edition are now available to all MSDN Professional and MSDN Premium subscribers, which includes BizSpark customers. This enables customers to acquire a simple, per-user license for all the software they need in their development projects, enhancing…

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DreamSpark now available to High Schools

Microsoft announced on Thursday 26th March, as part of its Unlimited Potential commitment, an expansion of the DreamSpark program to include high school students. By offering free access to the latest Microsoft software, Microsoft is empowering students to pursue their academic and professional goals, to become the next generation of IT and business leaders. As…

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Collada Update (Jan 2009) for Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 Standard and Academic Editions

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio Standard and Academic Editions have the ability to import Collada models that have been exported from SolidWorks. These models can be used in the Visual Simulation Environment and can contain physics entities such as joints. This provides a good way to design robots and other objects for the simulator. The Collada Update…

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