RoboChamps will ask entrants to develop code for six different competitions in a simulated robotics environment.
The virtual robots will compete online in a 3D environment based on Microsoft's Robotics Developer Studio package. The company released the new version of its robotics platform earlier this month.
Would-be robot programmers will be able to download a non-commercial version of the developer toolkit for free.
The robots will be pitted against each other in six competitions, including navigating a maze, exploring the surface of Mars and remotely piloting a car around a city street.
Other competitions will include Sumo wrestling, search and rescue, and the design of a new robotics competition.
Microsoft will fly the finalists to its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles in October to compete in a final competition with real robots.
Microsoft launches RoboChamps competition
By Shaun Nichols on Apr 26, 2008 10:22AM