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.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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