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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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…


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…


Updated Samples for Professional MRDS textbook

The samples from the book “Professional Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio” have been updated to work with RDS 4 Beta and are available for download from CodePlex:http://promrds.codeplex.com There were very few changes required, but new users will find it more convenient to download the updated samples. Note that the projects in the updated samples are for…

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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…


Get the latest info about RDS at Maker Faire New York

If you are in New York on the weekend of  the 17th and 18th of September, come along to Maker Faire and chat with members of the Robotics Team who will be showing off a pre-release of the next version of Robotics Developer Studio. Microsoft Research will also be presenting the Kinect for Windows SDK and the .NET…

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CCR Tips and Tricks

One of the Robotics Team developers, Emil Gustafsson, has turned his own learning experiences with the Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR) into a series of blog posts. His set of Tips and Tricks explains in detail how various aspects of CCR work. As well as additional useful documentation, the posts are sprinkled with code snippets. Visit the…

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