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.