Microsoft Corp. today announced an improved version of Microsoft Robotics Studio, just months after the December 2006 introduction of its robotics application development toolkit. The new Microsoft Robotics Studio 1.5 adds support for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Windows Mobile 6, which allows developers to more easily deploy advanced scenarios and software applications on embedded platforms of a wider variety and lower cost.
“We’re constantly seeking ways to improve the product through new features and provide a catalyst to academic, hobbyist and commercial segments,” said Tandy Trower, general manager of the Microsoft Robotics Group at Microsoft.
Microsoft Robotics Studio 1.5 includes improvements to its visual programming language and 3-D real-world-physics-based visual simulation environment, built on the AGEIA Technologies Inc.-based PhysX engine. New services have also been added, including support for vision and speech recognition, expanded documentation and a new editor that makes it easier to configure and target software services for robotics platforms.
Microsoft Sponsors RoboCup 2007 and Delivers 3-D Soccer Simulation Competition
Teams competing in RoboCup 2007, an international robotics competition, experienced these improvements firsthand by participating in a Microsoft-sponsored tournament of simulated soccer matches. Powering the competition was a new robot soccer simulation, which includes a 3-D simulated soccer field and scoring services, as well as support that enables different simulated robots to be configured as players. The services are also available to non-Robocup participants at http://www.microsoft.com/robotics. A compatible simulated robot player called robuDOG, from Robosoft, is also available for download from the Robosoft Web site at http://www.robosoft.com, enabling contestants to play virtual soccer with four-legged robots in a realistic 3-D environment. Robosoft also previewed its hardware-based robuDOG robot, and the services used in simulation can be deployed directly on this new robot. The soccer simulation featured at RoboCup 2007 joins a robot sumo simulation also released today, which offers participants an opportunity to create and program simulated robots in a sumo wrestling competition.
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