Vamshidhar Kommineni

December 21, 2006

Microsoft Robotics Studio

Filed under: Microsoft — Vamshi @ 6:53 am

About a week ago, Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Robotics Studio:

The logic behind the release is interesting, i.e. that Robotics is in the same place today as software was 30 years ago and Microsoft is trying to consolidate the software efforts with a consistent programming model and IDE. I have mixed feelings on that. On the one hand, we use "robot-like" stuff all over the place, from the obvious heavy manufacturing industries like car production to your homes (the Roomba vacuum for instance). I have no doubt that the proliferation on the consumer end will continue to happen, but I’m not sure how much the studio will help it. It probably won’t hinder it, but I think this is still very much the early research/hobbyist phase rather than an attempt to monetize and productize on Microsoft’s part.

It looks very interesting though, it’s free for personal use¬†and at the very least it’s a nice incentive to buy a Lego Mindstorms NXT kit and futz around with it. Though that’s really just an excuse to buy more electronic toys :)

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