How many robot builders have used PICs at one time or another? Looking for easier way to develop software for them? There was a Freshmeat annoucement today for a PIC and dsPIC Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that supports compiling and linking with a wide range of PIC tool chains. Depending on the tool chain used, there's a of growing lists of supported devices as well. The IDE, called Piklab, is currently a beta release but the feature list looks very promising. Piklab is Free Software licensed under the GNU GPL. Among other goals, Piklab is intended to be a free (as in speech) replacement for the proprietary MPLAB IDE.