MS Robot tools now free, Robot Operating System open src

This is a quickie – Microsoft have revised the licensing terms for their Robotics Studio – rather than charging it is now free. Their goal is to capture the ‘soon to be huge’ world of robotics development in the same way that Windows dominated the operating system scene for over a decade (and, well, still does).

Separately the Robot Operating System from Willow Garage is looking increasingly tasty. They use openCV (as I did for Headroid1) and other open source packages to provide sensor packages and simulation environments. Frankly I’d bet on the open source tools in preference to Microsoft’s closed-source environment.

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