I am excited about presenting on this topic for the Charlotte Alt.Net users group on May 8th in Charlotte. Head on over to the event posting and sign up to attend.
Here are the details about the talk:
The most recent release of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4) has introduced two very exciting concepts that make building robotic applications a reality to all developers: Kinect and Reference Platform Design specification. The Kinect is the hot device that gives a new perspective on sensing your surroundings. RDS 4 fully supports the Kinect and opens up all kinds of opportunities for awesome applications. Do you want skeletal tracking in a robotics application, RDS 4 gives you that. Do you want to perform obstacle avoidance with Kinect's depth sensor, RDS 4 gives you that. Do you want to simulate a Kinect in a virtual environment to test out your high level code, RDS 4 gives you that. The Reference Platform gives vendors a common design specification for building a working robot that includes sensors, motors and low level control. This allows for a developer that has little hardware experience to get up and running fast. In this session I will introduced you to RDS 4 using the Kinect and an Eddie robot.
Eddie Robot http://www.parallax.com/eddie
Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio http://www.microsoft.com/robotics/