We've talked about the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio in the past, Kinecting with Robots - Kinect Services for the Microsoft Robotic Development Studio, showing how some Kinect functionality can be added to the current version.
In today's Gallery post, we're highlighting how Kinect functionality is going to be baked directly into the next version of the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio.
Announcing Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta
In my July blog post, we announced the Kinect Services for Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (RDS) and I promised that we would have some exciting announcements this fall. It is my pleasure to announce the release of RDS 4 Beta available as a free of charge download at Microsoft.com/robotics.
For the first time we define a Kinect-based hardware reference platform that can help in the delivery of an affordable and capable robot that will be able to support technologies and scenarios for the consumer audience. Most everyone can build a robot using this specification, and we are working with robotic hardware vendors that will make kits and preassembled units available. The first such kit is called EDDIE and it is available from Parallax for pre-order now. EDDIE is intended to be a turnkey solution for using RDS with this platform and our aspiration is that there will be development and sharing of technology for this hardware platform. In addition, we made sure that there is an accurate representation of a robot that is based on the hardware platform in our simulation environment. You can start developing your applications in the simulator before you decide to buy and run them on a physical robot.
The second additional feature in RDS 4 is beta the availability of Kinect services that support the Kinect for Windows SDK capabilities shipped by Microsoft earlier this summer. You will be able to use the CCR/DSS programming model to access all of the Kinect for Windows SDK functionality. This unlocks a whole new world around Human Robot Interaction (HRI) with the use of skeleton tracking and speech. But we are also making available the raw sensor stream for your use in building additional capabilities such as navigation algorithms. As a matter of fact, we are shipping an obstacle avoidance service that fuses the Kinect input with the other proximity sensors to demonstrate how the sensor array can be used to intelligently perform directional based navigation.
Project Information URL: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/msroboticsstudio/archive/2011/09/17/announcing-microsoft-robotics-developer-studio-4-beta.aspx and https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/A-Look-At-Robotics-Developer-Studio-4-Beta
Project Download URL: http://www.microsoft.com/robotics/