Over the past year or so, Microsoft’s robotics group has been working quietly, very quietly. That’s because, among other things, they were busy planning a significant strategy shift.
Microsoft is upping the ante on its robotics ambitions by announcing today that its Robotics Developer Studio, or RDS, a big package of programming and simulation tools, is now available to anyone for free.
The Microsoft RDS supports a number of hardware platforms, including the Lego Mindstorms NXT, iRobot Create and Parallax Boe-Bot, and it provides a physics-based simulation environment to allow you to test your designs.
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