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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets

Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets

Want to build your own robots, turn your ideas into prototypes, control devices with a computer, or make your own cell phone applications? It’s a snap with this book and the Arduino open source electronic prototyping platform. Embedded systems are everywhere -- inside cars, children’s toys, robots, and mobile phones. With Arduino, building your own embedded gadgets is easy, even for beginners.

This book gets you started with six fun projects you can build for under $100 each: a stalker guard, robot insect, interactive painting, wireless smart home controller, boxing timer, and a cell phone controlled soccer robot. You’ll get impressive results quickly and gain the know-how and experience you need to invent your own gadgets.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

Microsoft Robotics Studio

Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS 4) beta is now available!

There has been tremendous excitement with Microsoft Kinect within the robotics space signaling the potential opportunities that exist in transforming robots to low-cost mainstream consumer devices. RDS4 beta, with support from the Kinect sensor, aims to make it easier for developers to build applications, including those directed at personal robotics and consumer scenarios, both in hardware and in simulation.

With RDS4 beta simulation tools, you don’t need physical hardware to develop a Kinect-based robot!

For hardware design, Microsoft has published the Robotics Developer Studio: Reference Platform Design specification for a standardized Kinect-based robot, to work with RDS4 beta. Parallax, Inc has manufactured a hardware kit based on the reference platform design specification which, is available for pre-order now.

RDS4 beta also adds support for Microsoft .NET Framework 4, XNA Game Studio 4.0, and Visual Studio 2010.

Robotics @ Home Competition

Robotics @ Home Competition

Do you have a cool idea for an @home robot? Here's your chance to show us what you've got.