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On Oct 09 2008, microsoft launched a brand new robotics challenge in the official web site robochamps.

It’s sponsored by KIA Motors, which is a great company producing cars.

Participants can have the opportunity to choose from 1 of 5 robot cars based on real KIA models in the virtual environment. Anyone who participates in the challenge is required to program those cars to navigate a course through a large city. And there are some devices being equipped with the cars,such as cameras, laser ranger finder, contact sensors and a GPS unit.

The prizes of this challenge is really attractive. The first place winner will bring home a real car produced by KIA which has the approximate retail value of US$15,000. The detail information for this challenge can be fount at this link.

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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