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  • Blog Post: 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: ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: robuRide-28, a fully autonomous GPS based passenger vehicle  

    The video posting below captures a run of the robuRIDE-28 a passenger car developed by Robosoft. The car, later renamed as VolvanBUL, is designed to carry 28 passengers, 12 km/h and will be deployed in Vulcania, a French theme park in April. robuRIDE-28/VolvanBUL is fully autonomous vehicle controlled...
  • Blog Post: Situational Awareness Vision System

    At the Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference held earlier this month, Braintech demonstrated the power of its MSRS-based VOLTS-IQ software development kit for concurrently performing high-performance visual awareness across several cameras. The SDK adds sophisticated vision capabilities to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: RobotTurK: Disaster Emergency Video system

    In 1999 northwestern Turkey was struck by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake which resulted in the deaths of over 45,000 people and leaving millions homeless. The disaster was compounded by a five-day communication breakdown among the local authorities making it difficult to assess ground conditions and to coordinate...
  • Blog Post: Use of VOTLS-IQ SDK with Lego Mindstorm NXT

    As indicated in one of my prior blog posts Braintech's VOLTS-IQ SDK provides high-performance vision functionally as MSRS services. One of the new additions to the VOLTS-IQ SDK is a multi-view object detector, Vi_MultiViewObjectDetector, which enables one to train a robot (with vision) to recognize a...
  • Blog Post: Home-centric robot to assist people

    Robosoft , has now developed and demonstrated a home centric service robot to assist people. The prototype robot was based on ‘robuLab10’ - mobile platform and ‘robuBox’ – robotic middleware based on Microsoft Robotics Studio . The prototype was demonstrated at Microsoft®'s Innovation Day at Brussels...
  • Blog Post: Robot Learning and Behavior Control

    Skilligent , an MSRS partner, has announced the release 1.0 of its Skilligent Robot Learning and Behavior Control System for service robots. The software includes a behavior control and coordination system, task and skill learning functions, computer vision system, a social human-to-robot interface,...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Seminar on Microsoft Robotic Studio (and XNA)

    Our MSDN Developer Evangelist team will be hosting a technology day that includes Microsoft Robotics Studio in its morning session. There will be two talks, the first - An Introduction to MSRS. This talk will provide an overview, the application model and Visual Programming Language. And the Second talk...
  • Blog Post: Micro/Meso-scale manipulation

    The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab is an inter-disciplinary research center at the University of Pennsylvania . In this lab Microsoft Robotics Studio (MSRS) is used to develop a distributed remote micro/meso-scale manipulation system to assembly parts ranging in size...
  • Blog Post: A growing list of Microsoft Robotics Studio Partners

    Microsoft Robotics Studio offers a Partner Program, commonly referred to as MSRSPP that features companies that endorsers and utilizes Microsoft Robotics Studio in their product offerings. The featured companies fall into the categories of: Robot Manufacturers: manufactures and markets robots...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Grand Challenge comes to a closure...

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge is the third in a series of competitions held by this agency to foster the development of autonomous robotic ground vehicle technology. This weekend the Urban challenge came to a closure when the vehicles of Stanford Racing Team ,...
  • Blog Post: Request For Proposals: Human-Robot Interaction 2007-2008: “Robots Among Us”

    If you are an academic or non-profit robotics researcher , then you may be interested in the following news announced last week. Our colleagues in Microsoft Research (External Research & Programs department) launched a new worldwide robotics research Request For Proposals (RFP) for such researchers...
  • Blog Post: Robo-Development Conference and Exposition

    The inaugural Robo-Development Conference and Exposition was held in San Jose October 25th and 26th where Microsoft was the founding sponsor . This multifaceted educational forum and trade show's primary focus was on design and development of commercially viable personal, service and intelligent robotics...
  • Blog Post: On-Demand Video Tutorials for Microsoft Robotics Studio

    Microsoft Robotics team has now released a collection of on-demand video tutorials that supplement those included with MSRS V1.0 release. This training material is now available from http://msdn.microsoft.com/robotics/learn/On_Demand/default.aspx Here’s a summary of what’s included: Architecture...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces the creation of the Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE)

    This morning Microsoft Corporation announced the creation of the Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE). The institute is designed to reinvigorate computer science curriculum by delivering robotics technology tailored for teaching purposes, scientifically evaluated for its effectiveness in...
  • Blog Post: Robobusiness Presentation slides

    Over the last week, I’ve had numerous requests for the presentation slides that were used by Microsoft Robotics Group at Robobusiness. Given below are links for both MSRS Announcement and Technical Introduction MSRS Announcement: http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/9/F/F9FF00E9-ADE5-4E1F...
  • Blog Post: A selection of pictures …

    The following set of pictures was taken by my colleague Stewart Tansley at the Microsoft Booth - RoboBusiness Conference. These pictures show a number of our partners working with us at the booth, demonstrating robotic devices that run our software …
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Robotics Studio

    Today at RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition 2006, Microsoft Corp. showcased the community technology preview (CTP) of a Windows ® -based environment for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotic applications for a wide variety of computing platforms. The community...
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