About a week ago we had an interesting presentation at Microsoft Research given by Rod Grupen from the Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) - the lecture was very interesting, and Rod is an excellent speaker - Rod brought some students from the college and an interesting balancing robot called Ubot5 - The robot is running on an x86 based platform, which means it can run Windows XP/Embedded, and therefore could run the CCR/DSS technologies from Microsoft Robotics Studio - in fact, the students spent just two days getting the robot up and running (or at least balancing!) using Robotics Studio - here's a video of the robot "doing it's thing", being controlled by the Robotics Studio dashboard.


Video: UBot5 - Self Balancing Robot using Microsoft Robotics Studio

Or, how about a self driving car that took part in the Darpa Urban Challenge? - The Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE) team are running MSRS across 5 dual-core systems, here's how Robotics Studio is being used - and of course, video of the vehicle doing its thing (more video here).

- Mike