At this time, the SDK provides tutorials that support nine different robotsand I'm sure that number will increase with every new release. Table 1 lists the robots supported by the latest release.
Table 1: Robots currently supported by Microsoft Robotics Studio.
||$149.99 and up
||Several different models are available. The best part about this robot is that it also provides a practical service and vacuums your floors.
|LEGO Mindstorms RCX
||Programmable LEGO brick that you can use to transform a LEGO model into a robot.
|LEGO Mindstorms NXT
||LEGO’s latest robot kit, featuring Bluetooth capabilities and several redesigned sensors.
|Parallax Boe-Bot BASIC Stamp Robot
||$198.77 (for a limited time)
||A wheeled robot that features a Bluetooth module. This is a great robot for students and hobbyists.
|Lynxmotion Lynx 6 Robotic Arm
||This robotic arm features motion in the base, shoulder, elbow and wrist and also has a functional gripper.
||$199.00 and up
||This flexible construction kit allows you to design and build your own robot.
||$1499.00 and up
||For the serious robot lover, this fighting Japanese robot is popular in the robot wars.
|MobileRobots Pioneer P3 DX
||Contact Sales for quote
||This general purpose wheeled robot includes a laser, arm, bumpers, and vision.
No matter which robot you choose, you'll need a way to communicate with it. For a limited time, Parallax is offering a discount
on a bundle that allows you to program their Boe-Bot BASIC stamp robot using Bluetooth. Parallax is a true innovator in the field of robotics, striving to make robotics accessible to a wide range of people. The Boe-Bot is a great robot for people wanting to enter robotics competitions, which are rapidly gaining popularity across the United States.
The Boe-Bot kit does require you to assemble the robot, but should only take a couple of hours to do so. You can also expand the Boe-Bot to speech (using a speech board) and/or a wireless camera controlled from a connected computer. The Boe-Bot is a great robot for hobbyists or students wanting to learn more about how robots work.
I chose to test Robotics Studio using the iRobot Roomba, a programmable robotic vacuum cleaner.