We’ve seen the lab rats on the CSI crime shows use it. John King of CNN works it when his manipulates the red state/blue state maps during election season. And today, led by the iPhone, the masses tap the touch interface to manipulate electronic devices like cell phones and PDAs.
SpaceClaim, a newcomer to the 3-D CAD set, is now promising that the fall release of its direct modeling program will leverage Windows Touch to help engineers create and edit precise solid models. Multi-touch interfaces enable on-screen objects to be manipulated using multiple fingers, and experts expect the technology to become more commonplace as Microsoft Windows 7 becomes entrenched. With this move, SpaceClaim is positioning itself to be in the forefront of 3-D design tools that can support this technology.
Augmenting the mouse and keyboard as a new way to interact with solid models, the Touch interface will deliver a number of benefits for interacting with CAD models, SpaceClaim officials say. Among the highlights:
–Less mouse activity because user interface controls are always close to a finger
–More intuitive 3-D interaction like view panning and rotation
–Simpler selection due to conveniences like painting or four-finger box selection
–A more hands-on modeling experience since working with virtual parts in this mode is more like working with real parts.
SpaceClaim says its software will work with any Windows 7-supported hardware device.
Separately, SpaceClaim announced it won a major OEM deal with Flow International Corp. to provide 2-D and 3-D design capabilities within Flow’s Ultrahigh-Pressure (UHP) Waterjet Cutting products aimed at customers machining high volume, short run or prototyping parts.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.