Microsoft has clearly come a long way on the robotics front, and proved the point by demonstrating a functional robot at the TechEd 2008 Developers conference that was developed using the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio.
The robot was dubbed the BallmerBot, and made its appearance during the Bill Gates keynote. This Hobbit-sized device sported an LCD monitor (displaying Microsoft President Steve Ballmer’s smiling visage) and recited Ballmer’s well-known “Developers, Developers, Developers!” chant as it made its stage entrance.
Developed at the Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics (LPR) at UMASS Amherst, the BallmerBot robot design is based on what the LPR team refers to as the “uBot-5″.
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