Emerging Tech

Images: Microsoft envisions evolution of robots

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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