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Getting started with Microsoft Robotic s Developer Studio 4 and the Kinect


Getting started with Microsoft Robotic s Developer Studio 4 and the Kinect

The most recent release of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4) has introduced two very exciting concepts that make building robotic applications a reality to all developers: Kinect and Reference Platform Design specification. The Kinect is the hot device that gives a new perspective on sensing your surroundings. RDS 4 fully supports the Kinect and opens up all kinds of opportunities for awesome applications. Do you want skeletal tracking in a robotics application, RDS 4 gives you that. Do you want to perform obstacle avoidance with Kinect's depth sensor, RDS 4 gives you that. Do you want to simulate a Kinect in a virtual environment to test out your high level code, RDS 4 gives you that. The Reference Platform gives vendors a common design specification for building a working robot that includes sensors, motors and low level control. This allows for a developer that has little hardware experience to get up and running fast. In this session I will introduced you to RDS 4 using the Kinect and an Eddie robot.

Eddie Robot

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio


Mike Linnen has 29 years of experience working on hardware and software solutions for a wide range of industries spanning healthcare, agriculture, finance, retail, manufacturing and robotics. Mike is the Senior Enterprise Systems Architect at Morehead Associates where he leads the development efforts for the SASS solutions that Morehead Associates uses on a daily basis to meet business needs. Mike enjoys tinkering with hardware and software to build cool geeky things like an internet enabled sprinkler system controlled from a smart phone or a .Net powered DIY Segway (yet to fully function). Bottom line… Mike is a GEEK.

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Twitter: @mlinnen



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  • Dan T.

    Awesome! A really fun event! I learned a bunch about the MS Robotic's Developer Studio.

    May 14, 2012

  • Mike L.

    If anyone has a pics of Eddie go ahead and upload them here. All the ones I upload were taken by Eddie and I think he got just about everyone at some point, except he couldn't take a picture of himeself :)

    May 9, 2012

  • Mike L.

    I had fun giving this talk!

    May 9, 2012

  • Ken W.

    Thanks Mike!

    May 9, 2012

  • Matt D.

    What an awesome meeting! Thanks again Mike for demonstrating Eddie!

    May 9, 2012

  • engrforever

    Thanks Mike for sharing the robot and capabilities of RDS.

    May 9, 2012

  • engrforever

    It was good to get an overview of the capabilities of RDS. Hard to comment on how much I learned since these are matters we have to play with.

    May 9, 2012

  • Mike L.

    I posted the source and powerpoint for this talk on bitbucket Check out the docs folder for the powerpoint.

    April 29, 2012

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