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Samuel Bouchard
by Samuel Bouchard. Last updated on Mar 31, 2015 12:18 PM
Posted on Jul 15, 2010 4:51 PM. 1 min read time

Just what is Microsoft up to? We already know that, like its founder, the software giant loves robots. They have developed Microsoft Robotics Studio, a software suite for simulating and programming a variety of robots. They are the main sponsors for RoboDevelopment, a conference on service robotics applications. They appear to be planning far ahead: look at this job offer for a mechanical engineer who will be responsible for:

  • Defining hardware and component recommendations / references for next-generation mobile and dexterous manipulation PC-based robots.
  • Designing and building actual next-generation robot and robot component prototypes.
  • Architecting and project management of the main development tasks (including mechanical and embedded hardware design, software design, low-level control and coordination).
  • Working on the necessary software implementation from a high and low-level control and application level features.
  • Managing outside resources and consultants as required.
  • Participating in discussions on how technologies based on the next generation platform(s) could be used by other groups at Microsoft and vice versa
  • Work with selected outside vendors to help influence the direction and developments.
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Samuel Bouchard
Written by Samuel Bouchard
Samuel is CEO and co-founder of Robotiq. His mission is to free human hands from repetitive tasks. He is also the author of Lean Robotics: A Guide to Making Robots Work in Your Factory. He lives in Québec City with his wife and four children.
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