MS Robotics Studio Updated
Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2 (RDS) is a Windows environment for "academics, hobbyists, and commercial developers to create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware." RDS is primarily used to simulate robotics applications in 3D physics-based virtual environments and interact with robots using Windows or Web-based interfaces. Robotics Developer Studio also includes components that could be used outside of robotics: a REST-based, service-oriented runtime and a set of visual authoring and simulation tools.
- Samples and Tutorials A variety of new samples are included: LINQ filtering, WPF Text to Speech, Silverlight-based command UI.
- Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR) Now uses .NET 3.5 features. Better support for multiple cores.
- Decentralized Software Services (DSS) 64-bit simulation support. Improved caching and loggging. New log analyzer.
- Visual Programming Language (VPL) Complete redesign of VPL UI. Better loading and execution performance. 64-bit support.
- Visual Simulation Environment (VSE) Display multiple camera views simultaneously. Run without any visible UI (headless). Can be embedded in another application form. Has a built-in profiler that shows performance and statistics.
There is also a new Robotics Web Site. The Express Edition is free, or the Standard Edition is available from MSDN if you have a subscription. The Academic Edition can be obtained through MSDN Academic Alliance or DreamSpark. RDS 2008 R2, CCR and DSS Toolkit Standard Editions are also available through BizSpark.
Todd Montgomery Dec 19, 2014