Cadkey will soon join TurboCAD and Design CAD as a member of the International Microcomputer Software, Inc. (IMSI®) family (www.imsisoft.com). IMSI has agreed to buy all the assets of Cadkey, enabling Cadkey to pay the debt incurred from an adverse legal judgment against it. The courts found Cadkey guilty of breach of contract and copyright infringement in a suit filed by HLB Technologies, Inc. An appeals court reversed the patent infringement finding but affirmed a breach of contract claim, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Cadkey will continue to develop its products under IMSI ownership. In fact, the company has just released version 21.5 of its flagship product. It includes several enhancements to boost performance and robustness, says President Robert Bean. He says display performance is two to three times faster than previous editions, layout is five times faster, and printing performance is 2.5 times faster. "This acquisition will actually open up more R&D funding for the product," Bean says.
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.