May 26, 2010 AT 5:59 pm

Microsoft Releases Robotics Studio Free

from Erico Guizzo at IEEE Spectrum:

Over the past year or so, Microsoft’s robotics group has been working quietly, very quietly. That’s because, among other things, they were busy planning a significant strategy shift.

Microsoft is upping the ante on its robotics ambitions by announcing today that its Robotics Developer Studio, or RDS, a big package of programming and simulation tools, is now available to anyone for free.

The Microsoft RDS supports a number of hardware platforms, including the Lego Mindstorms NXT, iRobot Create and Parallax Boe-Bot, and it provides a physics-based simulation environment to allow you to test your designs.

(please to note: the download is almost 500MB)

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2 Comments

  1. Kudos to Microsoft….perhaps the next new technology will be born and the funk the U.S. is in right now will be replaced with new energy and enthusiasm!….

  2. Neat, but their licensing is still restrictive

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/robotics/bb521232.aspx

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