RoboticsConnection Blog: Robotics Studio, and Serializer Services Update

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Robotics Studio, and Serializer Services Update

Microsoft Robotics Studio is an officially released product now! Microsoft has made Robotics Studio available in a Non-Commercial, and Commercial version ($399). This means hobbyists, students, and educators can play with, improve, and extend Robotics Studio services for free, and businesses can leverage those services, and develop their own for a very reasonable licensing fee.

To help us polish off our BETA release of the Serializer and Traxster Drive Services in time for the official Microsoft Robotics Studio launch (today), we employed the help of Chris Kilner, from Diversity Associates Ltd. Chris has been very involved in Robotics Studio since it's initial launch, and has developed his own set of useful services for the Devantech line of I2C devices (which can be found on our MSRS page).

Here's the changes and additions Chris has made for our Serializer and Traxster Services:

  1. Added Distance and Velocity PID Service (very cool!)
  2. Added MaxSonar-EZ1 Service
  3. Added TPA81 Service
  4. Improved GPIO Service
  5. Improved SRF08 Service
  6. Added XSLT, HttpGet, HttpPost to all services. XSLT Stylesheets are used to display service state via web pages, and provide User Interface controls to configure all services (see examples on our MSRS page).
  7. Updated Traxster Drive GUI
  8. Fixed a few communication bugs
  9. One Visual Studio solution now contains Serializer and Traxster Drive service projects
  10. Added connection status indicator in Traxster Drive GUI.

Our Serializer and Traxster Drive Services can be downloaded on our MSRS page.

This release of the services work with Serializer Firmware 1.2.0 and later. After the holidays, we will be adding a few more sensor services, and generic contracts.

Best Regards,

Jason Summerour
President,
Summerour Robotics Corp
Microsoft MVP
www.roboticsconnection.com

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