by jcannon on December 20, 2006 11:03am
Last week, Microsoft released the first version of Robotics Studio, an SDK that contains three sets of tools; first, a common runtime architecture that can be used across robot devices; second, a set of programming tools that harness the power of Visual Studio, and a physics engine, to allow programmers to build & test their robots in simulated 3D space; and finally, a set of tutorials and sample code to get started. In this video (there are two - we'll post the second tomorrow), we learn a little bit about the design goals & architecture behind Robotics Studio...tomorrow we have some very cool demo time with the team.
Why is robotics such an interesting area to watch? According to the latest statistics from the International Federation of Robotics, about 1 million personal robots will be sold around the world this year. And by 2025, the Japanese Robot Association predicts the personal robot industry will be worth more than $50 billion a year worldwide.