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Images: Microsoft envisions evolution of robots

Windows-based toolkit offers simulation runtime so developers can aim to create intelligent applications.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor on
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Modular robot base

Microsoft Robotics Studio is a Windows-based toolkit that offers simulation runtime technology so that commercial and individual developers can create intelligent applications in a virtual world for a range of products.

The image above depicts a modular robot base with a differential drive, a laser range finder and a bumper array. The second image shows how the table and robot are approximated by solid shapes.

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Multi-shape environment entity

A close-up of a so-called multi-shape environment entity and its physics model.

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Mindstorms NXT

The top image depicts three MobileRobots Pioneer3DX robots with lasers and Lego's Mindstorms NXT, the latest generation of the company's programmable robot toys. See if you can spot what's wrong with the image. The mesh for the Lego robot has 172,000 triangles.

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Height field entity

An example of using a height field entity for the ground, with random height samples every one meter. Different materials can be supplied for advanced outdoor simulations. The red dots in the first image are the visualization of the laser impact points.

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