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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New book about RDS using VPL and LEGO NXT

A new book titled Robot Development Using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio has been released by CRC Press. (It is available from many booksellers including Amazon). This book provides a step-by-step introduction to using the Visual Programming Language (VPL) with a LEGO NXT robot. It was written by academic staff at the National Taiwan University, where it…

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Microsoft Surface + Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio = DREAM!

Watch how the Lowell Team from the University of Massachusetts use Surface and RDS to build a very natural user interface for controlling robots for search and rescue. Read Stewart’s blog post here for more detail : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/msr_er/archive/2011/08/08/learn-how-robots-can-help-when-disaster-strikes.aspx   

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Announcing Kinect Services for RDS 2008 R3

These are exciting times for Robotics. It is clear that the convergence of technologies and secular trends will make Robotics relevant to our day to day lives. The availability of Kinect and the work that the Robotics community has been doing the last few months is an example of the energy and the potential that…


Lego Hexapod powered by Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

This is a cool hexapod robot that’s built using the Lego Mindstorm kit with logic written using the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio platform. Gokulnath Murugesan who hails from Chennai India put this together and recorded a video of it in action. Also, in this video, you’ll see him control the robot using an Android Phone….

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