Professional Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-19
  • Publisher: Wrox
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Wrox's Professional Microsoft Robotics Studio is one of the first guides to Microsoft's new platform for visualizing and programming robotics applications. Written by the founding architect of the product, Professional Microsoft Robotics Studio is heavy on examples making this a hands-on guide that will get readers building robotics applications quickly using 3 case-study robots: an indoor security robot, winning Magellan competitor and a chess-playing robotic arm.Topics include: Common Concurrency Runtime Sending and Receiving Messages Building and Accessing Services Using a browser and the Internet as the UI for a robot Using supported hardware and integrating new hardware Simulating the real world for robotic interactions Extending the simulation environment Deploying to hardware Using the Visual Programming Language and more.Source code and online support at Wrox.com.

Author Biography

Kyle Johns is a principal software developer at Microsoft, where he is currently a member of the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio Team. After receiving a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Utah, he designed 3D graphics hardware for flight simulators at Evans and Sutherland. He joined Microsoft as one of the original members of the DirectX Team and then went on to help develop the graphics system software in the early days of the Xbox project. Recently he has been enjoying the opportunity to apply his 20 years of 3D graphics experience to the field of robotics by developing the Robotics Developer Studio Simulation Environment.

Trevor Taylor is a consultant in the field of robotics education. After 20 years in the IT industry, including co - founding a consulting company that became a Microsoft Solution Provider Partner, he moved to the Queensland University of Technology in 2002. For six years he taught a variety of subjects, including Visual Basic and Web development using ASP.NET. During this period he also worked part - time on a doctorate in computer vision and robotics. In early 2008, Trevor left QUT to concentrate on developing course materials for teaching robotics and to finish writing his thesis. Trevor has worked with MRDS since the very first Community Technology Preview in June 2006 and is an active and well - known contributor to the community.

Table of Contents

Robotics Developer Studio Fundamentals
Exploring Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio
Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR)
Decentralized Software Services (DSS)
Advanced Service Concepts
The MRDS Visual Simulation Environment
Extending the MRDS Visual Simulation Environment
Using Orchestration Services to Build a Simulation Scenario
Simulating Articulated Entities
Adventures in Simulation
Visual Programming Language
Microsoft Visual Programming Language Basics
Visually Programming Robots
Visual Programming Examples
Robotics Hardware
Using MRDS with Robotics Hardware
Remotely Controlling a Mobile Robot
Using a Robotic Arm
Autonomous Robots
Writing New Hardware Services
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