Microsoft Corp. (Redmond, WA) and Silicon Graphics (Mountain View, CA) are collaborating on a new 3-D Graphics De-vice Driver Kit (DDK) for the Microsoft Windows operating system. The DDK will provide graph-ics chip vendors and OEMs with an accessible method for creating, certifying, and distributing 3-D graphics drivers based on Silicon Graphics OpenGL graphics technology for Windows. Micro-soft will offer chip and hardware developers a direct source for OpenGL DDKs. The new DDK will enable the seamless ac-celeration of applications based on the OpenGL API on Windows 9x and Windows NT. The program is expected this spring with distribution from Microsoft and joint development and support from Silicon Graphics and Microsoft. For more information on a 3-D Graphics license, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "3-D Graphics DDK Licenses." For more information on Open GL support on Windows e-mail: email@example.com.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.