There has been tremendous excitement with Microsoft Kinect within the robotics space signaling the potential opportunities that exist in transforming robots to low-cost mainstream consumer devices. RDS4 beta, with support from the Kinect sensor, aims to make it easier for developers to build applications, including those directed at personal robotics and consumer scenarios, both in hardware and in simulation.
- With RDS4 beta simulation tools, you don’t need physical hardware to develop a Kinect-based robot!
- For hardware, Microsoft has published a reference platform design specification for a standardized Kinect-based robot, to work with RDS4 beta. Parallax, Inc has manufactured a hardware kit based on this reference platform design specification which is available for pre-order now.
- RDS4 beta also adds support for Microsoft .NET Framework 4, XNA Game Studio 4.0, and Visual Studio 2010.
To download Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4) beta, click here.