My worst fears have been confirmed… Microsoft apparently is trying to take over the world as the Geeks saw Microsoft’s Robotic Studio control robots at this year’s CES. Geek’s everywhere know that robots will reduce the human population to slaves and fuel because movies have told us, so the fact that Microsoft’s Robotics Studio can control robots with what looks like a 4GL click and play with tons of tutorials to boot means that Microsoft will soon control all robots.
Using the XBOX controller, hobbyists can install an embedded Windows on devices like Lego Mindstorms NXT or the Roomba iCreate and control these physical robots like they were in an arcade world tripping people and otherwise causing havoc in marketplaces around the world causing the value of the dollar to drop (of course confidence in the US economy with the weakened demand for US based securities might modify the value of the dollar downward more than the robots).
Honestly, neither Geek had heard or seen the Microsoft Robotics Studio product before. Microsoft Robotics Studio is a Windows-based environment for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. We were quite impressed with the demo and the interface not to mention the team member who actually competed in the DARPA Grand Challenge and probably has this bumper sticker on his car.