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: email@example.com with the subject line, "3-D Graphics DDK Licenses." For more information on Open GL support on Windows e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.