Microsoft Targets Robotics

Microsoft is up to something. Last month Microsoft launched their new Robotics Studio and Robotics Studio Blog. Then yesterday, Microsoft announced the creation of the Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE) in partnership with the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and Bryn Mawr College. The institute is designed to reinvigorate computer science curriculum by delivering robotics technology tailored for teaching purposes, scientifically evaluated for its effectiveness in live teaching situations.

According to Microsoft’s press release, Microsoft will provide the College of Computing at Georgia Tech with $1 million (U.S.) paid over three years to develop — as part of the IPRE — practical new ways to bring robotics technology into the computer science curriculum. Matching Microsoft’s support, an additional $1 million for the institute will be provided by the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and Bryn Mawr College.

In addition, Carnegie Mellon University announced plans for a Center for Robotics Innovation. Guess who is providing funds and support to help establish the center? That’s right, Microsoft.

Microsoft sees an opportunity that other companies aren’t seeing. Could robotics be the next frontier for Microsoft?

Found via Mikehall’s Embedded WEblog.