Microsoft voltage to charge up robotics industry

Seattle Times  on the robotics software Microsoft is launching today. 

Microsoft is offering a common programming platform for writing applications that will work on all different kinds of robots, which could spur innovations in the field.

It represents a new effort for the company that has Chairman Bill Gates raving about potential growth in a robotics industry that’s already worth an estimated $11 billion a year or more.

“[A]s I look at the trends that are now starting to converge, I can envision a future in which robotic devices will become a nearly ubiquitous part of our day-to-day lives,” Gates writes in the January issue of Scientific American.

Microsoft reports they have received more than 100,000 downloads of the free robotics software already.

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