The Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3 (Microsoft RDS) is a Windows based environment for academic, hobbyist, and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. All previous editions of Microsoft RDS 2008 R2 (Express, Standard and Academic) have been combined into one new version, RDS 2008 R3 and can be downloaded at no charge from MSDNAA or DreamSpark.
The Microsoft CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 R2 is no longer available as a standalone product and is now included for no charge with RDS 2008 R3. RDS 2008 R3 includes a lightweight asynchronous services-oriented runtime, a set of visual authoring and simulation tools, as well as templates, tutorials, and sample code to help you get started.
The key problem with both games and robots has been the cost and complexity of producing the necessary building blocks that faculty can use to create computer science assignments. By partnering with faculty who are domain experts in robotics and teaching, Microsoft External Research has collaborated with many institutions and researchers to advance state-of-the-art curricula, coupling existing practices with compelling, practical, and affordable robotics technology.
- Institute for Personal Robots in Education
Resources and robot kits for use in computer science education, in a joint effort with Georgia Tech and Bryn Mawr College.
Research Tools and Services
- Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio
A Windows-based environment for academic, hobbyist, and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. Extensive online training materials include more than 30 tutorials, videos, and an active online community for peer technical support. See also:
Microsoft Robotics Studio Introduction on Channel 9
Microsoft Robotics Blog
- Microsoft Robotics Downloads
Software is a free download for research and non-commercial purposes.
- CCR and DSS Toolkit
Concurrency and Coordination Runtime and Decentralized Software Services libraries and tools
- LEGO Mindstorms RCX – Robotics Inventions System
- LEGO Mindstorms NXT
- Fischertechnik Robot
- Lynxmotion Lynx 6 Robotic Arm
- RoboticsConnection Traxster 6 Robot Kit
- Parallax Boe-Bot BASIC Stamp Robot
- iRobot Roomba