Robotics Developer Studio Simulation Tutorials

Robotics Developer Studio – three of the most common words used in simulation for robotic applications. Microsoft design this tool based on an idea to create a user-friendly and advanced tool for both control and simulation. Based on Windows OS, RDS is used in education, research, and for hobbyist robotic projects. A wide variety of hardware components and platforms raise this software to the top where many more tools try to catch the attention of users.

Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, Robotics Developer Studio is a free tool that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Robotics website with a full support for the C# programming language.

Not just the large variety of hardware components and platforms is the power of the software, RDS is also based on components like CCR (Concurrency and Coordination Runtime), DSS (Decentralized Software Services), VPL (Visual Programming Language), and VSE (Visual Simulation Environment). An overview of RDS components and how Robotics Developer Studio can be installed was the theme of another article.

CCR is a concurrent library developed to ensure the manage of asynchronous parallel tasks. This type of management includes messages and real-time operation for what it received from the sensors. DSS manage the services, more than that, all services can be managed in parallel, which is required for a good information of the whole systems from a robot.

The VPL component is used in graphical simulation of component part of the robot, while the VSE component is used as a visual representation for all component parts of the robot simulated.

RDS has a wide library with robotic components from sensors to actuators. An important feature of the software is the possibility to write custom services with specifications based on your own project.

In the following I made an overview with tutorials that can help you to start using the RDS software for simulation and control your robot.

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