I couldn’t wait to tell you guys who are interesting in RIA ( Rich Internet Applications) development that Ajax company Backbase has improved their Ajax library to fully support SMIL ( Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) version 2.1.

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Today, Microsoft has revealed the winners of the first challenge of its simulated robotics competition RoboChamps which is called Amazed Challenge.

Following are the winners of the Amazed Challenge:

Dave Sprague, a robotics enthusiast from the U.S., won the first prize, who will take home a real robot,the CoroWare CoroBot.

Jackson Matsuura, a college professor from Brazil, won the second prize. The second-place prize is a Boe-Bot Kit for Microsoft Robotics Studio.

Congratulations to the winners !

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Microsoft has just released the July Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (MRDS) 2008, which is the second release after the previous one released in April. It has a lot of new features and improvements compared to the last one.

Following is a list features that are most exciting to us:

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I’m sorry to say that I can’t make the deadline for the Amazed Challenge of the Robochamps.

Although the deadline has been expanded from Apr 21 to Jun 24, but there are still some technical difficulties that can’t be solved by me so far.

Anyway, it’s really a very good chance for us to learn new things and have fun at the same time. I have gone over some image processing knowledge such as edge detection, learned a new programming language C#, gained some knowledge about robotics programming in a concurrency and coordination runtime, and also have the chance to communicate in a community.

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Has anybody heard of that Microsoft has launched an online competition called RoboChamps ?

The RoboChamps is a simulated robotics league that is open to academics, hobbyists and developers from around the world. And there are some competitions which can be taken by participants by programming some tasks using the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008. And the winners can be awarded some real robots and other prizes.

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MRDS stands for Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio.

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (MRDS) is an Integrated Development Environment that enables hobbyists, academics and commercial developers to create robotics applications. And the applications can be used to a lot of intelligent related areas such as entertainment, educational, home, commercial, or industrial segments. They can be deployed into a variety of platforms including the embedded systems. The latested version of this software is MRDS 2008.

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