Chapter 1. Overview of Robotics and Microsoft Robotics Studio

When you think of robotics, you typically call to mind images from television or the movies. Depending on your age, you might think of C-3PO or R2-D2 from the famed Star Wars series. Or you might think of the android Data in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. More than likely you don’t think of robots assuming a practical or realistic role in your own life—but that may be about to change.

If Bill Gates has anything to say about it, there will be a robot in every home in the not-too-distant future. In an article published in the January 2007 issue of Scientific American, Gates predicts that the robotics industry is about to break open in much the same way the personal ...

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