Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS 4) released today come with a fixed a number of important issues in the product as well as made improvements to existing samples -- and an update to work with the release version of the Kinect for Windows SDK.
"RDS 4, 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," Microsoft stated.
- "With RDS 4 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 RDS 4. Parallax, Inc has manufactured a hardware kit based on the reference platform design specification which is available now.
- RDS 4 also adds support for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0, XNA 4.0, and Silverlight 4.0.
- Developers can use the tool to build commercial products based on the RDS 4 platform," Microsoft informs.
Watch the video below to learn what can be done with RDS 4:
Download Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 here.
Also, Microsoft announced the Kinect for Windows Academic pricing for the U.S. "To encourage students, educators, and academic researchers to continue innovating with Kinect for Windows, special academic pricing on Kinect for Windows sensors is now available in the United States. The academic price is $149.99 through Microsoft Stores," posted Kinect for Windows team.
If you are an educator or faculty with an accredited school, such as a university, community college, vocational school, or K-12, you can purchase a Kinect for Windows sensor at this price.