Microsoft Robotics

The Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (Microsoft RDS, MRDS) is a platform for developing robotics application and a Windows-based environment for robot control and simulation. It is aimed at academic, hobbyist, and commercial developers and handles a wide variety of robot hardware.

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RDS includes a lightweight REST-style, service-oriented runtime, a set of visual authoring and simulation tools, as well as tutorials and sample code to help get started.

Microsoft Visual Programming Language in RDS enables anyone to create and debug robotics programs very easily. Just drag and drop blocks that represent services, and connect them. It is also possible to take a collection of connected blocks and reuse them as a single block elsewhere in the program.

MRDS is available in three flavors:

Express Edition – Available as free download with limited features targeting hobbyists and casual users.
Standard Edition – Can be used for commercial purpose by professional developers and costs $499.00(US).
Academic Edition – Available for students and educational researchers at no cost through MSDN Academic Alliance program.

The latest version is Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2 which is released recently.

For more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/robotics

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