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.