LEGOs, Robots and Microsoft...Oh My!

So it looks like Microsoft has found another little market it wants to work its way into, Robotics. A number of weeks a go M$ released their "Robotics Studio" software package which "which offers end-to-end robotics development environment customer technical preview for hobbyist, academic, and commercial developers" (aka, it does it all, for everyone). http://msdn.microsoft.com/robotics/

Now any good embedded systems person knows that there CAN'T be a do-it-all software system. Different processor architectures require different compilers...and I seriously doubt this developer suite has a VHDL synthesis tool and waveform analyzer in it....

Anyway, since big-money-bags M$ is really pushing Robotics they had a "Big Robot on Campus" even at their main headquarters. One of the hardware makers they are really targeting is Lego. This shouldn't be too surprising; Lego provides a cheap, fun way to get involved in system programming and mobile base construction. I remember working with the Mindstorm kit in high school and boy was that fun. But thatís where it stopped, high school.

Iíll stop before I really go on a rant, lol. Check out some of the pictures of the bots that were at the event, I personally like the one that is interfaced with a cell phone http://news.com.com/Lego+robots+marc....bigURL...

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